TOBY Fanantenana FLM 67 Ha
Prayer’s communion, 4thSunday of Advent
Week from December 19 to December 24, 2016
“The Messiah has arrived: the glory of God is rising!”
Introduction: The Holy Scriptures say: “For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples” Is 60:2a. Unfortunately, those words are literallyfulfilled upon our land and nation.Yet God’s love cannot be thwarted, for He is mighty to save (Zeph3:17). He has sent his messiah to us in order to shine his Glory for salvation and to fulfill what Holy Scriptures say about Him: “oaks of righteousness,the planting of the Lord, to display his glory” Is61:3.
Monday 19: The glory of God shines upon his people.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” Is 9:1a.
Reading 1: Jn1: 1-5; Reading 2: Is 9: 1-6; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Is 9:1
Introduction: The “great light” is the glory of God that is shining forth. The Messiah has come in fulfillment of this prophecy. For God is willing to shine his light for salvation to all those who believe in Him and who hope for his coming. Here, God gives them both a promise and an order:“Arise, shine; for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.For darkness shall cover the earth,and thick darkness the peoples;but the Lord will arise upon you,and his glory will appear over you” Is 60: 1-2.
Tuesday 20: The rising of God’s glory, light for his people.
“Let us walk in the light which the Lord gives us” Is 2:5.
Reading 1: Jn 12: 31-36; Reading 2: Is 2: 2-5; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Is 2: 4-5
Introduction: God urges and calls everyone to come to his light, to turn away from the iniquity of sin and the devil’s dark work. For He shines his light, which is the glory of his righteousness and his majesty, to free all the people living in the darkness.Indeed, the rising of God’s glory is a light for the people. In this respect, Jesus said: “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” Jn 8:12.
Wednesday 21: The rising of God’s glory, revelation of the Messiah to his people.
“This life was revealed, and we have seen it” 1 Jn 1:2a.
Reading 1: 1 Cor 15:1-11; Reading 2: 1 Jn 1:1-7; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: 1 Jn 1:2
Introduction: The life revealed? This means the destruction of death and of all acts that lead to death. The Apostle Paul explained it thus: “While we live in this earthly tent, we groan with a feeling of oppression; it is not that we want to get rid of our earthly body, but that we want to have the heavenly one put on over us, so that what is mortal will be transformed by life. God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and He gave us his Spirit as the guarantee of all that He has in store for us” 2 Cor 5: 4-5
Thursday 22: The rising of God’s glory, glory for all those who believe.
“Your real life is Christ and when He appears; then you too will appear with Him and share His glory!” Col 3:4
Reading 1: Mt 25: 31-34; Reading 2: Col 3: 1-4; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Col 3: 4
Introduction: The glory for the believers is the exaltation of the Lord among them, who shines his glory and shares it with his people. It is written indeed: “And so those whom God set apart, He called; and those He called, He put right with Himself, and He shared His glory with them” Rom 8: 30. Those whom God has elected will claim like Mary: “My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Saviour for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy” Lk 1: 46-48.
Friday 23: The rising of God’s glory, healing for His people.
“I was blind and now I see” Jn 9: 25b.
Reading 1: Is 42: 14-17; Reading 2: Jn 9: 17-25; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 9: 24-25
Introduction: Blindness is one of the most distressing diseases, for it is incurable. Besides, it was considered to be God’s punishment and judgment to the one affected by it, as it is stated in Jn 9: 2. But the salvation brought by the Messiah is perfect and sure, as it is written: “But for you who obey me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun and bring healing like the sun’s rays. You will be as free and happy as calves let out of a stall” Mal 3: 20. Believe in the Light, and the glory of God will shine upon you!
Saturday 24: The rising of God’s glory, rest for his people.
“Peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased” Lk 2: 14b.
Reading 1: 2 Thess 1: 1-10; Reading 2: Lk 2: 8-14; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Lk 2: 14.
Introduction: Great assurance is given by the word of God, even “peace”. The meaning is “rest”. It is based on the reconciliation with God, for it is written: “There is no safety for sinners” Is 48: 22. The wicked are those who would not believe even if God had shown to them the glory of his name and his great works (Rom 1: 21). Jesus said: “those who believe in the Son are not judged, but those who do not believe have already been judged because they have not believed in God’s only Son” Jn 3: 18.
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