Advent: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

Of the Father’s love begotten,

Ere the worlds began to be,

He is Alpha and Omega,

He is the Source, the Ending He

Of the things that are, that have been,

And that future years shalle see,

Evermore and evemore.

O ye heights of heav’n, adore Him;

Angel hosts, His praises sing;

Powers, dominion, bow before Him

And extol our God and King;

Let no tongue on earth be silent;

Every voice in concert ring,

Evermore and evermore.

Christ to Thee with God the Father,

And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,

Hymn and chant and thanksgiving,

And unwearied praises be:

Honor, glory, and dominion

And eternal victory,

Evermore and evermore.

Amen.

Auerelius C. Prudentius, 4th Century

A King is born to us.  The Scriptures call Jesus the King of Israel (John 1:49), the King of the Jews (Matthew 27:11), the King of Ages (I Timothy 6:15), and the King Eternal (I Timothy 1:17).   Is He reigning in your heart and mind?

Jews, longing for their Messiah knew only the rule of earthly tyrants.  For centuries the burden of the government had rested heavily on their backs.   Yet, they knew the promise of their God–a liberator would come!  They waited for the Messiah to release them from carrots and sticks of little men ruling from over-sized thrones.

“Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah–not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them out of Egypt. I disregarded them, says the Lord, because they did not continue in My covenant.   But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will put My laws into their minds and write them on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be My people.  And each person will not teach his fellow citizen, each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them.  For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

A King of Love was born to them…and to you and me.   We have tyrants of our own.  Sin–our own and others–is seeking a throne somewhere in your life from where to taunt, tempt, and oppress you.  Your King has come to set you free!  Christ was born to give you mercy.

Yes, at Christmas we draw our attention to a baby in a manger–cute, cuddly and sweet.  But don’t forget:  The child is a King–strong and mighty!  Today, allow the anticipation of Advent to draw you into the wonder of the Father’s love for you expressed through Christ.  Let the new covenant of completed mercy school you in His rule and reign.  Long for Christ.  Live by His decree of grace.

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