Hope in Christ the King

white hope bauble
 
During the season of Advent, our society begins to accelerate rather rapidly on a countdown till Christmas. Our sermons at church begin to preach the prophecies from the prophets from the Old Testament like Isaiah, Micah and Jeremiah. The significance of these prophets is that they all lived 600 to 700 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem which is recorded in the narrative which is recorded in the books of Matthew and Luke. The accounts from these two New Testament books are often the text which pastor’s use to prepare their sermons for the Christmas services. But this Wednesday in church we will be observing the first Wednesday of Advent. Traditionally, the first candle is known as the prophecy candle, but it can also be called the hope candle. The first candle is also purple in color. The color purple also has long been associated with royalty. These two meanings for a single candle make the meaning of this candle exceptionally meaningful during the time of Advent. The very phrase Advent is Latin for the word coming. During this time, we traditionally prepare ourselves for arrival of Jesus as the baby born in Bethlehem nearly 2,000 years ago. But Advent should also be a time where we prepare ourselves and the world for the second coming of Christ. During this pandemic we have had several moments where events and gatherings can not be planned or expected. But there is one event we can be sure will happen one day. This thing is one event is the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Although, this second coming He will be coming as a King not as a baby. He will come to take His people to their eternal home. As 2nd Corinthians 3:12 says “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold…” During this pandemic and year of uncertainty several of us, myself included have found ourselves in the trap of finding hope and comfort of the things temporary. Let us now take the time to remember the original message of this first Sunday of Advent. The message of hope. It is through Christ that we have a hope. It is a hope that will not fail us. Things in this world are temporary and they will all disappear within a blink of an eye. Instead, turn your trust to Christ and he will sustain us all in the very end. It is because of our faith that gives us Christians such a unique view within the world around us. Because our hope is not of this world. Our hope and trust are in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, remember the words of 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” As Advent progresses, we remember that one day Jesus will return once more. This time not as a baby but as a king and He will take us home in Heaven. This is the coming which our heart and souls long for. The Lord will return to this world like a thief in the night and we must be ready.
 
Prayer: Lord God, Heavenly Father, as we battle with the uncertainties and troubles of this world throughout our life, guide us to remember the hope which we are reminded of during this season of Advent. Let us be comforted in remembering the Word which you gave us. And remember that one day we will be reunited with You. In Your Precious and Holy Name, Amen.   

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