Advent – of the One who was different to all the rest!

Acts 13:37

“But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay”.

 

David lived, died and decayed. But there is One who didn’t!

Abraham was born in Ur of the Chaldeans, modern day Iraq. He died at the age of 175 in Hebron, which is now a Palestinian city in Israel, approximately 30km south of Jerusalem. Here there is a huge tomb called ‘Cave of the Patriarchs’.

King David is one of the most important figures in Jewish history. Born in Bethlehem in 907 BCE, he reigns as king of Israel for 40 years, dying at age 70 in 837 BCE. On Mount Zion in Jerusalem a 1000 year old building houses the tomb of King David.

Muhammad ibn Abdullah was born in Mecca on June 8, 570 ( a fairly precise date I agree!) He died in 632 BC in Medina, Saudi Arabia. His tomb is called ‘Al-Masjid al-Nabawī or “Mosque of the Prophet”.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, was born around 563 BC in Lumbini, an area within Nepal but near the Indian border. He died in 483 BC at 80 years of age in the city of Kushinagar. He was cremated and yet a tomb was created for him near the Hiranyavati River.

The exact dates of Jesus birth in Bethlehem is not known, some say 6-4BC. However, Jesus said that before Abraham was born, ‘I AM’. He died outside the city wall of Jerusalem on a cross around 29-30 AD. There is a garden tomb, but there isn’t anything in it. In fact Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” and also, “For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

Everybody that ever lived, died, decayed and the famous have elaborate tombs of worship.

There is One who lived before he lived and was not dead after he died!

Gathering at the manger scene of this baby demands our worship. It is all we can do. So come today and worship Christ the new born King!

Christianity is different to all the rest because Christ is different, the One and Only Son of God is here today to the “end of the age”.

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