Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for December 6, 2020; Second Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.. . .You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” . . . He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:3, 9, 11
Although Isaiah is prophesying about the coming of John the Baptizer who prepared the hearts of the people for the coming of the Messiah, perhaps right here and right now in these days, we can consider Isaiah to be speaking to us- you and me. Perhaps right now in these days of preparation, we, through our actions, attitudes, and words, could proclaim loud and strong the coming of the Saviour of the world. As sinners awaiting the coming of our Saviour, we can be the ones who bring good news by gently but loudly displaying the reason for our joy. Yes, our hope and motivation in these days are different than the world’s, and our actions will speak louder than words, as the old adage goes. Without a doubt, our words, attitudes, and actions should be like a megaphone to those who are lost and seeking.
Many in our world may be preparing for a ‘Happy Holiday’ and may even erect a holiday tree, and maybe they’re running around trying to purchase the perfect gifts and create the perfect holiday memories. This all sounds so exhausting. What expectation! What cost of time and money! What stress! If this is the case then why bother?
But you see, for the world who does not yet truly know the depth of love of the one true God, and as a result, has not yet received Jesus as the Saviour of the World, then this Christmas season is just some time off and a lot of extra effort to humanly create. It is exhausting and it is expensive. It is no surprise that many say they hate the season.
However, as God’s children who are anxiously awaiting the Lord’s arrival and the day we can celebrate and remember his birth, our actions and purpose is motivated not by human desire and expectation, but by the love and desire that comes from the Holy Spirit. It’s a joy that springs from within us as we remember all that Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection means for us. It’s the anticipation of sharing in the joyous celebration with our loved ones and our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a time to sing from the church steeples his glory and praises.
Everything we say and do and feel throughout this advent season, leading up to Christmas day, should be strangely noticeable by all those around us who are rushing around preparing for a holiday of their own making. So stand tall in love and grace and truth, as you prepare your heart and your home for the coming of Jesus. Yes, “lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid.” (Isaiah 40:9b) Jesus, your Saviour is coming!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, you are the true reason for this season! Help me not to get caught up in the worldly ways but to stay focussed on you. May all I think, do, and say display your love and grace, and be an opportunity to rejoice in you. In your name I pray. AMEN!