1 Peter 5:56
There is not much more off-putting than the people who are arrogant. Why is arrogance so difficult to deal with? What counters arrogance? What does it mean to be humble? How does being humble (humility) affect our relationship with God and others? We seek to learn the importance and method of being humble through this sermon.
On the last Sunday of Advent, we discuss the impact of Christ’s coming. After more than 400 years of no interaction between God and man, God finally breaks his silence. This time, it was not a prophet or a king, but the promised Messiah appeared to man in its own form. The Son of God Himself is sent to us, God incarnate, Immanuel—God with us. What joy it was for those that had been waiting for Him. He came to release the burden of the guilty and the longing of the shunned. Jesus’ birth signaled the tearing of the veil and man finally being reconciled unto God once and for all.
The Fall marked the start of a troubling relationship between God and man. Man enters the “broken” state where he is no longer allowed uninhibited access to perfect fellowship with God. God leads Israel’s journey as they repeat the course of disappointing and hurting God through their sin, selfishness and rebellion. All of humanity finds itself in the similar state yearning for reconciliation with God. What does God do? What does God prepare in response?