Christmas Advent 2017
Christmas is always hard in the realm of sermons since many who have been in the church for awhile have heard the Christmas "Story" so many times, it, unfortunately, has become rather 'ordinary' for too many. Obviously, this is an unfortunate thing, and only is exacerbated by the secularization of the season, and the hustle and bustle it has created. This too is true of the Easter season, but here we have two of the most incredible stories ever told; Christmas which celebrates the birth of God our savior, and Easter which celebrates His resurrection from the dead, proving that who He said He was is true.
It is easy to try and sensationalize this message for the sake of audience experience, but we at Anchor just want to tell the story of the "Advent" season. Advent is a Latin term meaning to "Come." At Christmas, we celebrate that event, recognizing its importance to our salvation and relationship to the savior itself.
This year we have told it first from it's Old Testament prophetic foreshadowing (Isaiah 10:7-14) where Ahaz (Who is in the kingly line of David), has chosen to trust the Assyrian King over Yahweh and His promise to protect the line of David, and the ultimate fulfillment (Matthew 1:22-23), where the virgin is found with child, and His name is 'Emmanuel, which means God with us.' God has visited us for the sole purpose to vindicate His name and bear our sins on the cross of His shame for our well being and salvation.
That story is true, and so amazing, we wanted to re-tell it with no fanfare, just the reality that God, like he did Ahaz, is calling us to trust him in this time of the unknown, and remember that when Jesus was born, He too was born in anonymity, and a world of despair, but He trusted His Father with His life, and we too are called to do that same.
The last sermon in the 3 part series will be preached this Sunday by Michael Foss, and centers on Matthew 2:11, and the worship of our Savior for coming in the world to save us for our sins, and fulfill the promise of His Father to the Old Testament patriarchs.