Awareness is central to Advent

watchFor centuries the Church has set apart the four weeks prior to Christmas to celebrate Advent.  The faithful watch for the coming of Jesus.

It’s a 3-fold coming:

  • We watch for the coming of the Christ child — the Incarnation. “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.'”
  • We watch for the coming of Jesus at the end of the age — the Second Coming.  “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule[c] them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:11-16
  • We watch for the the coming of Jesus into our hearts. “20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

So be watching, friends. Watch for Jesus in the quiet of the morning. Watch for him at the end of the day. Watch for him while you shop or fill your car up with fuel.  Watch for him while when you spend time with your friends or attend a special Christmas play at school or church.

The Holy Spirit lives inside of you.  He loves to reveal Jesus and give him glory.  Ask him to do that for your during this season of Advent. “Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Show me what you have for me.”

And then watch for him. After all, it was Jesus who said, “What I say to you, I say to all:  Watch!”

 

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