Christmas. One of my most favorite times of the year. At this time of year, we celebrate the arrival of our Savior. We often call it Advent.
Definition of Advent:
According to Merriam-Webster, Advent is a noun that is defined as 1) the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting 2a) the coming of Christ at the Incarnation 2b) Second Coming.
This year, Advent started the last Sunday of November. While we celebrate this initial arrival each year in December, as Christians we’ve been awaiting the second arrival.
At this second advent, every knee will bow to Him in honor and reverence. The believers will rejoice. We will celebrate this arrival with immeasurable joy.
Jesus said, “Occupy till I come” in Luke 19:13 (KJV). In that He meant, we are to continue working for the Kingdom and making disciples while we await that return. While it is easy to become burdened by our daily trials and tribulations, it is important that we continuously focus on the fact that our destination is Heaven…and Jesus will come to get us during this second advent.
In this waiting, we also must exercise patience for that arrival. I joke often that I can’t wait for Jesus’ second coming. However, James 5:7 tells us to be patient until the Lord comes. Several scriptures tell us to be alert and sober while waiting on His coming. It’s so hard to be patient when we know the prize at the end of the hard work.
Are you still working hard for the kingdom?
Are you excited about the second advent?
Or are you scared of it?
No need to be fearful dear reader…as long as you have committed your life to Christ and accepted his gift of salvation. If you are in doubt about what will happen for you or your family when Christ returns, please reach out to Erin or I…we would love to talk to you about accepting Christ as your Savior.