Community Church of Hendersonville
Thanks Living | November 28, 2021
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  • Community Church of Hendersonville
    381 W Main St, Hendersonville, TN 37075, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM
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1st Sunday of Advent
Jeremiah 33:15-16; Isaiah 64:1-9


Advent:
Option 1: Biblical name for Jesus
Option 2: A short season of preparation of Jesus’ birth
Option 3: A vent that goes into your attic
Answer: “Arrival” – Season of preparation as we approach the anniversary of Jesus’ birth. The Advent season lasts for four Sundays. It begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The Advent celebration is both a remembrance of Jesus first coming and an anticipation of His second coming.
Incarnation:
Option 1: A beautiful flower that represents the birth of Jesus
Option 2: Spirit taking the form of flesh
Option 3: A magical spell used by the Magi to find Jesus
Answer: Christmas is the celebration of Jesus, fully God, taking on flesh.
Saint Nicholas:
Option 1: A fairy tale character
Option 2: A pastor who defended Jesus
Option 3: The owner of the stable where Jesus was born
Answer: The story goes: The Council of Nicea (325 AD) was called to address the teaching the heretic, Arius, that was sweeping across the empire. Arianism = Jesus was not eternally God but born.
“There once was a time when the son was not.”
Tradition says that St. Nicholas got so fed up that he punched Arius in the face.
Holiday
Option 1: Christian term combining the words “holy” & “day” used for Christian religious days.
Option 2: Term used in secular culture as catch all to not offend various religions
Option 3: An annual event to increase profit margins for businesses
Advent/Christmas for Christians is a time to: Intentionally remember what God has done: through feast, storytelling, ritual, and song.
Commercializing Christmas is our temptation.
1. We interrupt this insanity, and home by home, heart by heart,
we do things differently.

2. Christmas for Christians is a time to: Intentionally reignite our awe and wonder in Jesus.
“‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’
Jeremiah 33:15-16
Oh, that you would tear open the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.
Isaiah 64:1-9
Advent, for better or worse, is a habit. And it takes a whole lot of courage and consideration to get used to this season.
1. Advent, in the church at least, teaches us to delay Christmas in order to rejoice in it fully when it finally arrives.
2. Advent habituates us into seeing how the message of Christmas vanishes if we are not willing to walk toward the shame and pain that is all around us.
3. Advent reminds us that we need the light of the world because we’re stuck in the darkness.
Which is why Advent always begins in the dark…
Advent, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, requires us to look straight into the heart of darkness. Particularly when we are afraid that we might see ourselves in the darkness.
It is, instead, praying for Holy Spirit to give us the courage and the conviction to look straight into the muck and mire of this life.
For, in the end, that’s exactly where God chose, and still chooses, to show up for us.
We, to put it bluntly, are a people who know what it means to wait.
Because Jesus is the only hope we’ve got.
The joy of Advent then comes from a different place.
To follow Jesus is to recognize that we are a people stuck in Advent, and the only way out is through the Lord who delights in making a way where there is no way.
Benediction
We want to start the party now. Yet God allows us to wait. He invites us to partner with those who for centuries have cried out in hope “O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear!” In His time He comes, and in the darkness takes our hand and leads us home. That is our hope, our only hope. May that gift and the anticipation of it, far surpass anything this world could ever offer. Amen

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