Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for November 29, 2020; First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 11:1-10 or 13:34-37
Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3
We are heading into the Season of Advent. Advent is a time of reflection. It’s a time to focus on the coming of our Lord and Saviour, and all that it means to us- you and me- and to all of humankind. It’s an opportunity to first ask yourself how your life has been affected because God himself was born as a helpless child? And secondly, how will your life be affected when Christ returns?
If we seriously stop and think about these two comings of Christ, we can be brought to the lowest of lows, as well as, the highest of highs. For at first, we are brought low in humility and repentance as we see the depth of our sin and our unworthiness to be loved so dearly by such an awesome God. And only at that depth of lowliness can we truly appreciate the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf and, at that point, rejoice with the truest thanksgiving and purest joy of the gift of freedom and salvation he has given us because he loves us so much. Because of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, there need be no fear for the second coming of Christ when he will bring, to his heavenly home, all who have acknowledged that their sin separated them from God Almighty, and believe that Jesus has reunited them by being the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Yes, the season of Advent guides us to Jesus, where we experience joy and thanksgiving, peace and rejoicing beyond what we will ever know in this world alone. Such joy and rejoicing is the heart of the Christmas spirit. For only in Christ and the faith-filled knowledge of all that his coming accomplishes for us, can we place the worries and griefs of this life aside and acknowledge that we are his and he is ours, and that nothing in this world can ever change that. This freedom allows us to love others unconditionally. It is in the Advent Season that we see this Christmas Spirit shine so brightly.
Even in the secular world, the Christmas spirit has been acknowledged. However, it cannot be forced upon oneself. Only in Christ can you truly know the joy of self-sacrifice and love, and only by the power of his Spirit can we give unconditionally, with no strings attached. So if you are having a hard time feeling joy in these days leading up to Christmas, go to Jesus. Lay all your worries and concerns, sins and regrets before him and let him fill your heart with his peace. He is faithful and he will fill you with his grace and enrich you in every way. Then in the truth of Jesus, may you go forth with the true spirit of Christmas, shining his light and goodness to all.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, this Advent season, help me to focus on you and the true reason why you had to come in the first place: to save sinners like me. Dear Lord, forgive me. Dear Lord, Thank-you! In Your name I pray. AMEN!