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PASTOR’S PAGE (Rev Emmanuel Ntusi)
Pastor’s Advent Message 2016
Dear Members & Friends,
The season of Advent for us at Underhill Baptist Church is first of all a time of preparation, a time of going toward the coming again of the Messiah, a time of great expectation and great anticipation.
Secondly, the start of a new sermon series called ‘Christmas questions’. Over the next four weeks, we will unwrap the gifts of Christmas as we journey through the Advent season.
It is our chance to listen to the Bible stories and re discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Advent offers us the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, to celebrate His birth, and to be alert for His second coming.
In a season often marked by frenzied busyness, I pray that we will take an opportunity to set aside time to prepare our hearts and place our focus on a far greater story than our own—the story of God who decided to come among us.
The Gospel of John 1:14 tells us, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
Now, in the original Greek in which John’s Gospel was written, the language is even more vivid.
It might be better translated as, “God pitched his tent among us.” Yes, God pitched his tent,
made his home, and dwelt among us. That’s how much God wanted to be with us.
Advent is a celebration that God comes. In the darkness, in the pain, in the chaos, He comes.
He comes into our situations, whatever they might be. Whatever the overriding emotion, God continues to bring peace, hope and healing.
May the Holy Spirit help us dig deeper into the reality of what it means that “God pitched his tent among us.”
Wishing you all every blessing, a peaceful, a hopeful and a healing Christmas.
Yours in Christ,