Last week we began the season of Advent by reflecting on how God's grace is revealed in the incarnation. We are desperately in need of grace, but we do not deserve it. this is what makes the incarnation such good news - that God would freely give of his fullness of grace to needy, undeserving sinners like us. In Christ we receive grace upon grace, grace to cleanse us from our guilt and grace to sanctify us after conversion. This Christmas, remember God's grace shown in the incarnation.
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday we will consider another attribute of God displayed in the incarnation: Holiness. God's holy character normally refers to his separateness and distinction from anything else, and yet in the incarnation, Christ brought his infinite holiness to dwell among us. To prepare yourself for this Sunday, read Isaiah 6:1-7 and consider the following questions:
- What does it mean that God is holy?
- How could Christ remain holy and also become human?
- Why is important (and essential) that Christ be holy?
- How should we respond to God's holiness displayed in the incarnation?
Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.