Of course, with the Advent season upon us we have four weeks to eagerly anticipate not just the Christmas season, but both the incarnation of our Lord and His coming again in glory. This year, as we gather on Wednesdays during Advent, we are looking at Y’shua, who came first in humiliation, setting aside His divinity to take on human flesh and be born of a virgin for our sake. And then in His earthly ministry, He comes to us as Prophet, Priest and King. Yes, and He is coming again in glory! While it may be hard to maintain eager anticipation of that over so much time, He has left us with His Supper to eagerly await as we come together and our faith is fed, nourished, and sustained! Blessed Advent season to you.
As I write this, Chanukkah is coming to an end. Our Chanukkah party was a celebration of the great miracle of Y’shua’s coming into His temple as He fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy, “”Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (Mal. 3:1). We had 50 or so people this year and fully a third have yet to come to believe that Y’shua is the Messiah of Israel, promised for the world. We all had fun, enjoyed the fellowship, but I pray, and invite you to pray with me, that the Gospel that was shared both publicly and through our ongoing relationships will take root in the hearts of all who were there, both Jew and Gentile! Take a look at the pictures of the party on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chaivshalom.
This Advent season we have also republished our Advent devotional, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” It is available in both print and electronically on our website. It includes several new devotions around Chanukkah that I hope will bless you. We’ve also begun a new podcast that can be found on our website and also at www.rhythmoflife.space.
The Christmas season will be here before we know it! May you be blessed in all that you do to glorify God, and thank you so much for your friendship. You have certainly blessed us. Merry Christmas!