Advent Week 3: Waiting for the Son of God and our adoption as sons.
-Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her she will give birth to the Son of God, who will sit on the throne of “his father David” (Joseph was a descendent of David, also a righteous man in God’s sight—see Matthew 1:1-25—angel also appears to Joseph. Matthew points out that Jesus is the promised Davidic Messiah, and fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. See Galatians 3:6-14)
-vs. 38…Mary’s response: “behold, the bonds lave of the Lord.” It is evident that Mary and Joseph were eagerly waiting fo the coming Messiah—the Son of God.
Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled many prophesies including:
-vs. 1—Jesus’ family was from Galilee
-vs. 2—All who walk in darkness will see a great light
-vs. 3—They will experience true prosperity in God’s presence
-vs. 4—yoke of their burden will be broken, “as at the battle of Midian” (At this point, it is important to take a moment to understand the reference. This is referencing the account of Gideon and his 300 men in Judges 6-7. God routed the whole Midianite army using these mere 300 men The men just had to blow the trumpets, clang the pots and light the lamps. The people had done evil, so God had let the Midianites oppress them. God wanted the people to see that the salvation was from HIM. The people couldn’t deliver/save themselves, or in other words they could not preserve their own lives. Preserving one’s own life is the burden of every person. This is the yoke which God is promising to break, which requires complete dependence on HIm.
-vs. 6—the Son of God will come in human form, to establish a new from of government: No confusion because He is the Wonderful Counselor; no chaos because He is the Might God; no complexity because He is Eternal Father; No conflict because He is Prince of Peace.
-vs. 7—this government will go on forever
The question is, “Am I wanting to be a part of the Son of God’s rule?” This requires being made a son of God.
Romans 8:18-23, 29—Jesus came to make us children of God again
Hebrews 2:9-13—Jesus tasted death and was perfected in suffering so we can be sanctified sons of God, prepared for glory!
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!