Aventis means to prepare for the coming of an important person
John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
God prepared human history for Christmas
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son,
Daniel 2:44 In the time of those kings (Romans), the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever
The famous Roman roads… would allow messengers to travel safely with news and ideas – Western Civilization
Pax Romana, which literally means “Roman peace,” refers to the time period from 27 B.C.E. to 180 C.E. This 200-year period saw unprecedented peace and economic prosperity throughout the Empire, which spanned from England in the north to Morocco in the south and Iraq in the east.
Small window of Judean History
God’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Christ showed up just before the exponential explosion in the world’s population. Erik Kreps, University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research
Hope is anticipation for the goodness of God
Hope is found in Jesus
Shalom – Complete or whole
Luke 2:13-14 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Isaiah 66:2 These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Trusting God is an exchange
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Trusting is not trusting in the outcome trusting in the person
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
What do you need to leave at the altar to prepare your heart for Christmas?
Peace is found in in the daily decision to trust Jesus
Number 6:22-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.