Advent: Grace Comes

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“God’s grace that can save everyone has come.” Titus 2:11b, NCV

In my Bible that verse is outlined in yellow and shaded in blue to remind me when Christ came grace appeared!  Evil is defeated.  Christ’s birth means that everyone can be saved.  In due time the earth will be saved and restored.  Nature knows this and groans for the appearing of the sons of God.  Yes, “Let heaven and nature sing!”  Isaiah sings about this coming time in chapter 65:17-25.  Read it and rejoice!

No more war, terrorism, murder!  No more cancer, heart disease, or mental sickness!  Christmas is God’s victory, absolute victory over evil and its principalities and powers. No wonder evil shrieked and tried from the beginning to slay the Christ child.  It would stalk our Lord all the way to Calvary, not understanding that it was being led to Calvary to be condemned in Christ’s death.  The earth shook at that moment.  The very ground was ruptured.  Evil was defeated.  Hope sprung up and a longed hope for prophecy from Isaiah once again begin to be nurtured in the hearts of believers.  Longing!

This longing should also be part of our Advent reflections.  Grace has come.  I long for that place that Jesus said, he was preparing for us in His Father’s house!

You are welcome through faith in Christ.  Agree with God, this Christmas season and accept His gift of eternal life for you in Christ.  Follow him passionately.  That longing we  feel, it’s God way of drawing us to himself!  It’s why we long for place that mere words can only hope to express.  C. S. Lewis put eloquently in Mere Christianity.

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.… I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.”

Grace has come!  Grace that can save everyone!

Peace, love and joy to you in Christ our Savior!

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