23rd December 2015 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel! Come Lord Jesus!

Isaiah 7:14 “The Lord will give you a sign in any case: It is this: the young woman is with child and will give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:18 – 25 “This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: Look! the virgin is with child and will give birth to a son whom they will call Immanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’. When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home; he had not had intercourse with her when she gave birth to a son; and he named him Jesus.”

Psalm 89(90):4 “A thousand years are to you like a yesterday which has passed, like a watch of the night.”

2 Peter 3:7 – 9 “It is the same Word which is reserving the present heavens and earth for fire, keeping them till the Day of Judgement and of the destruction of sinners. But there is one thing, my dear friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not being slow in carrying out his promises, as some people think he is; rather is he being patient with you, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to repentance.”

Mark 1:15 “’The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.’”

Dear brethren and friends, as we prepare to celebrate and commemorate the First Coming of our Lord Jesus, His Incarnation, let us not forget His Second Coming, the Parousia, when He comes with His Holy Angels to reward those who remain faithful to Him, while the unrepentant who wantonly break faith would be thrown into hell with the devil and fallen angels. The repentant sinners who wash their robes clean by the Blood of Christ will enter the kingdom of God, joining the company of Saints and countless Hosts of Holy Angels to adore the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit, in spirit and in truth for all eternity. The Lord also comes to us in the daily events of our lives. For those who seek the Lord, listening to Him and obeying His Word, living holy lives filled with God’s love, everything is grace.

O come, o come, Emmanuel, 

And ransom captive Israel, 

That mourns in lonely exile here 

Until the Son of God appear. 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 

Shall come to you, O Israel.

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