O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
– Placide Cappeau, 1847
From the Old Testament to today, the weary world yearns for God to appear, to heal a world broken by sin.
The prophets foretold His coming. They pointed to the provision and hope of the Messiah, the dawn breaking over the dark night of the soul.
During this season of Advent, we will look for the coming King. He is the King who has conquered sin and death, the King who lives and reigns on high.
Part I of our study will look at how Jesus is the true hero of the Old Testament, the truest and best provision of God for this weary world. He is the true and better Adam, withstanding temptation in the garden and submitting to the Father’s will. He is the true and better Abel, slain though fully innocent. He is the true and better prophet, priest, and king, His life, death and resurrection bring to us justification rather than condemnation. Christ is the true King over all people and all time.
Part II will tell again that old familiar tale— the Christmas narrative. As we prepare for the King’s arrival, we will remember the story of His birth. We will remember that the Creator took on flesh. The Maker became the Messiah. The Lion became the Lamb. The King of all became small to rescue His children and bring them home.
May the light of His Word shine in our hearts this advent season, and may the new and glorious morning of hope dawn in our lives.
Born is our Hope.
Born is our Savior.
Born is the King.