Are You Ready?

Sermon Summary for Sunday, December 17th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Mal Underwood

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.  In today’s Gospel we hear the story of John the Baptist proclaiming his status as messenger of the world-changing news that the Light of the World was coming, the long-awaited Messiah.  John confessed he was not the Messiah or the second coming of Elijah or Moses, but only the voice of one crying in the wilderness.  He stressed his humility as a servant messenger and nothing more.  John’s humility is a lesson for all of us as it reminds us of our place in the kingdom. We are called to be messengers of the Gospel and deflect any praise or acclamation for ourselves as we go about our kingdom work of worship, evangelism and outreach to those in need.

In the Advent season, it’s important to hear the Baptist’s message and prepare our hearts and minds for the coming Messiah.  It’s a message of ultimate liberty and freedom through our redemption and reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ and our ultimate reward in heaven.  But it is not just about the hereafter as our eternal life begins in our time on earth.  We prepare our hearts for living out our lives in Christ now with the exciting hope and joy of salvation to come.  While we’re here we proclaim the good news of the God’s kingdom among us. 

The power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts creates a new beginning.  It brings compassion and love to the world that our Savior modeled for us with his coming.  There can be no Kingdom of God in the world without the kingdom of God in our hearts.