Every human being is on a quest, whether we are aware of it or not. Today’s sermon, from Matthew 2:1-12, focuses on the festival of Epiphany, when we celebrate the journey of the wise men to give gifts to the baby Jesus. Their quest teaches us that the real hero’s quest is to give and serve and surrender at the cradle and the cross of the Savior. When you lay your everything down before him, you will find the everything your soul has longed for.
On Christmas Eve, we celebrate the great news that God loves us so much that He sent His Son to be with us as a baby in the manger. The Christmas gospel from Luke 2:1-20 sets the stage for Jesus’ birth, as Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem to be counted in a census. Pastor Paige explores how we all feel measured and judged throughout our lives, and how God’s gift of Jesus reveals our true worth in the eyes of our loving Heavenly Father. Joy to the world, Jesus is here!
As the celebration of Christ’s birth draws near, we look to the prophet Isaiah to learn just who the Savior’s coming is for, and what its purpose is. There is great comfort and hope, as well as great challenge for us as the longed-for Messiah comes to make all things, including us, new.
On the Second Sunday of Advent, John the Baptist calls everyone to repentance in Mark 1:1-8. John prepares the way for Jesus, who is the agent of God’s ultimate rescue mission for his beloved children. Now is the time to confess our sins and prepare the way for Jesus to come into our hearts and lives.
What is success? As a new church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, the words of Jesus from Mark 13:24-37 call us to examine our life and our goals from the perspective of eternity. Are you living for success that will pass away, or are you living for glory that is eternal?