Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Kairos Advent Devotional 2010 9th Dec

9 December 2010
Micah 4:1-5

                “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord”

I love a party!  It’s great to get together with friends and celebrate something – weddings, birthdays...did I mention Christmas?  Christmas is a party season – the work do, family stuff, big meals and celebration – but what has this got to do with Micah 4?

The mountain of the Lord’s Temple (v1) is the place of praise and God’s presence – it is symbolically where the people went to celebrate the Lord’s goodness.  I wonder what we will celebrate this Christmas.  Will we celebrate the break from work?  Perhaps you’ll celebrating seeing family and friends again?  Perhaps the carnivores are celebrating the coming turkey curries and stuffing sandwiches?!

Verse 3 tells us that many nations will say “Let’s go to God’s party!”  Ok, so I paraphrased, but it makes the point.  Lots of people from all over the world are going to come to God’s presence to praise and celebrate all that he is doing.  We see this around the world – the good news of Jesus that started to be sung out on a shepherds’ mountain near Bethlehem has spread like a virus to all nations of the world in 2000 years.  We are all invited to come to God and join in the party of people who are celebrating Jesus this Christmas.  How amazing is that!

  • Why not invite some friends round and have a dinner, afternoon tea or a full-blown party to share hospitality and Jesus in conversations and celebration
  • Get to MSC or Central Gathering  or 9am Communion on Sunday and put on your dancing shoes – the king has come from the mountain to the town and he’s looking for a party!

Lord Jesus
Focus our attention on you.  In amongst the tinsel remind us that you are the focus of the celebration.  Lead us to the mountain of your presence to celebrate your goodness.

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