Just as we get set to start the countdown to Christmas next week with the first Sunday of Advent, the lectionary appears to have gone off the rails. Before the spotlight falls on the babe in the manger, it shines on the suffering messiah on the cross. Even so, what we are about to hear will do more to prepare us for Christmas than we can imagine.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 23:33-43

Song: "Jesus Paid It All" written by Alex Nifong, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

Watch the VIDEO Chad used to close his message