Episode 2.3

As we dive into the Advent season on Midweek Worship Connection, Jeff talks about the hope that we have in Jesus!

Rejoice! (Heaven Came Down) is a song that was written by the SongWriter’s Guild. It is a Christmas song, and it talks about the reality that heaven and earth intersected with the birth of Christ -and it changed everything! Even though it is a Christmas song, we put it on the Polen Band “Seasons” album, which has a song for every season.

Rejoice! (Heaven Came Down) (written by Keith Byler | Rocky Favia, Jr | Jeff Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

Love came down
From God on high
The King of all kings
Was born on a silent night
And everything changed

The Baby’s cry
Rings out through the night
It’s the voice of the Savior
Who came to make everything right
Everything right… in time

Rejoice! Heaven came down
Rejoice! Heaven came down to us
Rejoice! Heaven came down
Rejoice! Heaven came down to us

Love Divine
Wrapped in a swaddling band
Who could imagine!
The gift of God in the Son of Man
Rejoice! With the angels sing

Rejoice! Heaven came down
Rejoice! Heaven came down to us
Rejoice! Heaven came down
Rejoice! Heaven came down to us (and we sing, and we sing)

Glory! Glory to God!
Glory! Glory to God!
Glory! Glory to God!
Glory! Glory to God!

Rejoice! Heaven came down
Rejoice! Heaven came down to us
Rejoice! Heaven came down
Rejoice! Heaven came down to us

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For the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, we will be focusing on the season of Advent.

Advent is a kind of peculiar and overlooked season of celebration. In fact, depending on your tradition, you may celebrate Advent in many different ways -or not at all.

For our purposes here at Midweek Worship Connection, we are going to celebrate Advent as a special season meant to bring a deeper level of HOPE, JOY, and PEACE this Christmas. Ultimately, we want to experience the lavish love of God through the gracious gift of Christ each and every Christmas that we are given, and Advent can be a meaningful time of reflection and focus towards that end.

This week: HOPE.

Our family lit the “hope” candle several nights back, and each night since we have gathered together to talk about the hope that we have in Christ.

It is amazing when you think about it! All the way back in Genesis 3, when the first humans disobeyed God, went their own way, and brought sin and death into the world through their actions, God promised to send someone who would right their wrong!

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  – Genesis 3:15

Way back in Genesis 3, God promised to send someone from the seed of Adam to right the wrong, and to “bruise the head” of the serpent, while being “bruised” himself. For hundreds of years the people of waited, hoping for this promise to be fulfilled. Then, along comes Isaiah, who spoke greater clarity into this age-old promise:

…the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

Again, the promise was spoken, and for hundreds of years the people of God waited, hoping for the promise to be fulfilled.

Finally, we read in the gospel of Matthew of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus, and Matthew reminds that:

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).  – Matthew 1:22-23

God created us to be with Him, but our sins separated us from God. Those sins could never be removed by our own “good” deeds, so paying the price for sin, Jesus, who was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life, this Jesus who was the promised seed of Adam, this Jesus who was the long hoped-for Messiah, died a brutal death on a cross and three days later rose from the dead. Now everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life that starts now with Immanuel (God with us) and lasts forever!!

This is what Christmas is all about!

For thousands of years, the people of God waited in hope for the coming Messiah. On Christmas morning He arrived!!! Now, thousands of years after His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, we wait in hope for his glorious return!

During this advent season, may you wait for his return with a heart full of hope. Next week, we will light our second candle and add to our hope joy.