Sunday, December 23, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018: What Child Is This?

LEFC Family Advent Readings: “What Child Is This?”
Matthew 4:13-17 :: December 23, 2018
Week #4: The Light of the World

“Advent” means “coming.” Christmas is coming. Jesus has come and is coming again.

During this year’s Advent season, we have been answering the title question from the beloved Christmas carol “What Child Is This?” from the first few chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.


Our first candle reminded us that this child who was laid to rest on Mary’s lap was “Immanuel.” The prophet Isaiah had foretold that the virgin would give birth to a child Who would be “God-with-us.”


Our second candle proclaimed that this child“whom angels greet with anthems sweet” is “The King of the Jews.” The Magi knew that the baby born in Bethlehem was worthy of their homage. They worshiped Him and brought Him incense, gold, and myrrh–gifts fit for the King of Kings.


Our third candle shines to say that this Babe was not just the son of Mary but the beloved Son of God. At His baptism, the Father’s voice from heaven said that with Jesus He was “well pleased.”


The Bible also tells us that this Child is the Light of the World. In the fourth chapter of his gospel, Matthew tells the story of the start of Jesus’ public ministry. After His baptism and His temptation in the wilderness, Jesus returned to Galilee and began His preaching ministry. Matthew tells us that this move was a fulfillment of another great prophecy from Isaiah.

[READ MATTHEW 4:15-17.]

The darkness will not win. Jesus is the Light of the World.

Haste, haste to bring Him loud praise!