Advent promises

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Advent – the promise of a Lord

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During our Carol Service, we will remind ourselves – through reading and song – of the one God promised to send into the world. And it’s good to take that opportunity, with everything else that is going on around us, to reflect on the significance of that event. An event that happened over 2,000 years […]

Advent – the promise of a King

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This is the final message in of our series on the promises of Christmas. There are many references to the coming of a great king in the Bible. In Jeremiah 23 we read about the coming of king in David’s line, one who would reign wisely and who would be called The Lord of Righteousness. […]

Advent – the promise of a saviour

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God has worked to save people in many different ways – from oppression, from enemies, from death – but he also promises that he will send a saviour, that he will send himself to save in a unique and powerful way. And as the people wait for this promise to come true an angel is […]

Advent – the promise of a servant

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God called many people to be his servants, to take on particular jobs for him, to have specific roles – but he also promised to send a special servant, one who would do more than any of the others, one who would bring God’s light and blessing and good news to all. And one day […]

Advent – the promise of a priest

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The ancient kings of Israel had a “priestly role” – to be God’s representative to the people, to pray for them, to bless them – but Jesus takes that to a higher level. Not only is he going to be a priest, he replaces the need for the entire priestly system. And he can do […]

Advent – the promise of a Messiah

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Many people had been given a role by God – to be a blessing to the nations, to lead the people, to show what it meant to live as sons and daughters of God. And some had done well, some had done badly, but none of them had been able to fully live up to […]

Advent – the promise of a prophet

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Recognising that he wouldn’t be able to lead the people forever, Moses promised that God would raise up another prophet to lead them and to speak God’s word to them. And God did raise up many prophets and they spoke God’s word. But there was always something missing, something that the people were still waiting […]