Can you believe that this is the first Sunday of Advent? Where did 2020 go? As challenging as it was, part of us bewails its loss and the fresh beginning of a new year.
Advent is our anticipating the coming/ return of Christ. It always begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year it ends on Sunday, the 20th of December.
We wait in many ways with many different customs. We wait for the celebration of Christmas in Bethlehem; we wait in anticipation for others to invite Christ into their lives and we wait for Christ to return as he promised.
And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30, NASB)
We might keep an Advent calendar, light candles on a wreath or put up a Christmas tree. All of it says the same thing.
The Christ is coming, the Christ is coming! The Christ is coming! The Christ is coming!
ARE YOU READY?
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (From Romans 10:9-10)
Prayer-Lord, open the hearts of the hard-hearted, Lord, fort their own sake. Amen.