Advent – the God we worship
Acts 13: 16 “Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!” Paul welcomed the invitation to speak. He is going to deliver his sermon. This will be our Christmas sermon, an Advent journey. “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!” God is who we worship! Last night I was sat in a field in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India with believers worshipping God. Everything couldn’t be more different than what is my culture. But they worshipped God. Within a 10km radius there were 10,000 villages who do not know Jesus and who worship idols. But on that patch of land we worshipped God. Jew. Gentile, they both were worshipping God. Mission is for every tribe, every language, every culture of every nation worshipping God. That’s the ultimate dream. That is what will happen at Christ’s second Advent.
Advent always involves worship. It seems like Christmas comes earlier every year and with it come the songs many which are meaningless. In the Philippines the shops have been playing Christmas songs since September!
However, the number one Christmas song of all-time will always be by that multitude of singers:
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests”
A song that declares that God is great and that Peace has come to replace anxiety.
So as Advent worshippers let us do what Paul asks of the synagogue. Let us listen.