Amen, Come, Lord Jesus.

Advent Devotions“‘He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

Saint John, the author of the book of Revelation, concludes his writing with this prayer. It is the prayer of the Church, our prayer, as we await the return of our Savior, Jesus.

This Advent season, as you anticipate celebrating the birth of the Christ child, these devotions will take you through history from the moment of creation, following God’s faithfulness to His promise to save His people from the judgment of death. Christmas is the celebration of how He fulfilled that promise in the baby Jesus.

Even now, 2,000 years after the birth of Christ, we continue to anticipate God’s final fulfillment of His promise. Jesus came to be our Immanuel, “God with us.” There is no greater gift. After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus promised that He would return in judgment, taking all who believe in Him to the place He has prepared in heaven.

You and I live in the interim, sustained through all the troubles of this world by God’s grace. We have seen the face of God in Jesus. We have the testimony of God’s faithfulness throughout history, recorded in His Word. We have the gifts of God’s presence in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We have the joy of sharing the truth with those who do not yet know Jesus. We also have His promise to return, to usher in a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no more tears or suffering.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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  1. THE CONFUSION ABOUT APOLOGETICS BY STEVE FINNELL

    Apologetics Defined: the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.

    Do extra-Biblical historical books confirm that the accounts of Christianity found in the Bible are true? No, they do not, the exact opposite is true. The Bible proves that extra-Biblical historical accounts of Christianity are in fact true.

    John 20:30-31 And Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciple, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (NKJV)

    The signs and miracles of Jesus written about in extra-Biblical historical accounts do not prove that Jesus performed signs and miracles. To the contrary, the signs and miracles of Jesus written in the Bible confirm that the extra-Biblical accounts are true.

    1 Corinthians 15:3-6 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. (NKJV)

    Extra-Biblical historical accounts of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ do not prove the Bible to be true, however, the Bible confirms that the extra-Biblical accounts are true.

    Faith comes from hearing the gospel . Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God. (NKJV)

    Believing that the Bible is God’s word and that the accounts of Christianity presented in the Bible are not proven true by engaging in philosophical arguments nor by clever secular reasoning.

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