Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Advent Day 3, Nov 29, 2011 Tuesday

2 Peter 1:12-21
12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

-Remember Advent means "coming"

-Verse 16 Peter tells us the life of Jesus is not something fable writers made up. Peter and the other disciples saw the coming of Messiah, they heard the voice of God the Father claim that Jesus is the Son of God. Christianity is not founded on a set of beliefs, it is founded on a person, Jesus Messiah.

-Because the disciples experienced the coming of Jesus and heard the voice of the Father it gave them even greater confidence and the proper perspective on the writings of the prophets, what we call the Old Testament. Peter encourages believers to cling to Scripture, it is a light in dark times. Scripture is not just man's words, the Holy Spirit of God directed those words. Through them we see the dawning of the morning star. Jesus Messiah. He is alive, living in our hearts our very being for those that believe.

Merry Christmas.

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