On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we're looking at the song of Simeon. Upon meeting the baby Jesus, Simeon praised God for His gift of salvation. As we are confronted with the baby in the manger, what will we do with Jesus? Will we continue to oppose Him, or will we give our heart to Him?
On this third Sunday of Advent, we're looking at the song of the angels. After the birth of Jesus, the shepherds are the original recipients of this good news of great joy. But this good news of great joy wasn't just for the shepherds. It was good news of great joy for all those who trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.
On this second Sunday of Advent, we're looking at the song of Zechariah. At the birth of John the Baptist, his father Zechariah praised God for His redemption, salvation, mercy, and faithfulness. There is peace with God available for those who trust in the One to whom John pointed: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
On this first Sunday of Advent, we're looking at the song of Mary. In response to the news that she would give birth to the Messiah, Mary bursts into a song of praise. In her song, Mary draws our attention to God's care of His people, His overflowing mercy, and His authority over all of Creation. Mary responds the way each one of us should respond: With hearts full of praise.
When the women brought the message of the angels that Jesus is risen from the dead to the disciples, it seemed to them an idle tale. But in this good news, we have hope in a happy ending that is coming for those who put their trust in the risen Christ.
The reason there is a Kingdom that stretches over this world, the reason we can be citizens of such a Kingdom, the reason we have hope in the renewed Kingdom to come, is because of the Kingdom purchased.