A Passage and A Prayer 12/7/18

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
During this first week of Advent, perhaps you have noticed that the paraments (the cloth material that hangs in the chancel) have changed colors. Since the end of May, with a few limited exceptions, the paraments have been green to mark what is known as “common time” or the time of the Church. With the beginning of Advent, the paraments change to blue (purple in some churches).
Why blue or purple? These are the colors of royalty and are meant to remind us that during Advent we are preparing to again welcome to our world our King Jesus. Even as Jesus ascended into the blue sky, so we anticipate His return in like manner. The blue is thus a reminder to us of the imminent return of our Lord.
With the beginning of the new Church year, Advent is a time to reflect on our lives past, present, and future. When we do, we see how desperate our need is for a Savior. And that’s why Jesus came the first time. The One whose birth we will again mark in a few weeks is the King born in a stable but later nailed to a cross; for us. The One who died and rose again has promised that He will come again, but not as a lowly king, but rather the victorious One. The blue of Advent reminds us each week of the King who redeemed us and is coming soon. Until He does, we prepare ourselves and pray, “Come Lord Jesus!”
Lord Jesus our King, thank You for coming to dwell among us and to free us from the burden of sin. By the power of Your Spirit, make our hearts ready for Your return. Come Lord Jesus come. Amen.

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