“Are you ready for Christmas?” The question evokes in many of us a feeling similar to what we felt in school when someone asked, “are you ready for the mid-term exam?” The Christmas season has become a breakneck paced carousel of activity, consumption, and busy-ness. One of the cliches of the season is the holiday movie featuring an earnest lead character whose misadventures help everyone rediscover the “true meaning of Christmas.”
Christians know that Christ is the true meaning of Christmas, but in the relentless press of the season, we easily lose sight of Christ. We forget the magnitude of the work that Christ accomplishes; we forget why He is the “long expected Jesus.”
Jesus fulfills all the roles of leadership that existed in ancient Israel. We know that Jesus is the long expected King. However, the ancient Israelites were also looking for a Prophet, a High Priest, and a Sage. Kings rule and defend; priests do the work of atoning for sin; prophets call us to live righteously; and sages coach us to live wisely. Scripture teaches us how Jesus fulfills all these ancient roles of leadership. This is why His birth is good news: in Him we have Prophet, Priest, Sage, and King, all rolled into one.
During the four weeks of Advent, our sermon series will focus on these four ancient roles of leadership. We’ll look at the scriptures showing us why these roles were important and how Jesus fulfills them perfectly.
I know it’s a busy time of year; I know that we all have long to-do lists. But now, more than ever, we all need to take one day out of each week and pause. Take the time on Sunday mornings to set aside the tasks of the season so that you may join with your brothers and sisters in Christ in worship. Give yourself a little time this season to pause, sing, pray, reflect, and remember why Christ’s coming is indeed good news. “Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king.”
Soli Deo Gloria,