Bryan Barley - December 12, 2021
Luke 2: The Supernatural Power of Normal Faithfulness
From Series: "Advent: Good News of Great Joy"
The word Advent means “coming.” For centuries, followers of Jesus have set aside the twenty-five days leading up to Christmas to remember Jesus’ coming and all that he brings. So what does Jesus bring? The angel tells us…great joy. But notice what else the angel says. The great joy that Jesus brings does not come as good advice, but good news. If Jesus just came to bring good advice, that would be one thing. But good news is better than good advice. Tim Keller writes, “Advice is counsel about what you must do. News is a report about what has already been done. Advice urges you to make something happen. News urges you to recognize something that has already happened. Advice says it is all up to you to act. News says someone else has acted.” Jesus did not come and give you good advice that could produce great joy if you keep it. He came and secured great joy for you so that you can receive it.