Advent – 1st Sunday

30th November – Advent 1

Getting Ready for Jesus

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ISAIAH THE PROPHET

The wonderful Christmas story, which is so familiar with us all, was in reality many centuries in the making. God made use of his prophets to foretell how He intended to bring his beloved son into the world. Isaiah was one of these ancient prophets.  Prophet Isaiah lived many many years before the birth of Jesus. In fact he lived about 800 years before Jesus. However, his connection to the story of Jesus is very strong at this time of the Advent and the Christmas seasons.  His name means God is the one who saves. He is the prophet who wrote a lot of stories about hope and new beginnings.  He wrote about the fortcoming birth of a new king who will become the prince of peace and a wonderful councillor.  He was foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ. When Jesus was born in Betlehem, the story that prophet Isaiah had written so many years before became true.

The Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel.

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