Let us rejoice as we join with heaven’s heralds testifying:
Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (Revelation 5:13b).
This Sunday, Advent Season begins. I love this time of year! It is filled with such joy and hope. Many of our congregations will display Advent Wreaths and each Sunday another candle will be lit. In this we are testifying to the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love that is for all the race of man and that is found alone in our incarnate Savior God! The prophet Haggai declared this hope with these words: And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts (Haggai 2:7). The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed the desire of all nations. The Scriptures declare that all creation is groaning and travailing in anticipation of the full redemption that only Jesus can provide (see Romans 8:21). May the Lord give us, His Church, abundant grace to declare the precious message of the Gospel. May we be graced to testify in word and deed that Heaven’s glory has indeed arrived; that all men can have everlasting hope in Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen (2 Cor. 13:14).
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore