Friday, November 30, 2012

A Thought for Advent 2012

“The servant who knew his Master’s will and did not prepare himself or do according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few.  For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will seek the more.”  Luke 12:47-48

The word “Advent” derives from the Latin word meaning “coming”. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate His coming.  In a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.
During Advent we recall the history of God's people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Today we can reflect on the past track record of God and so begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come, in our own future and that of our world” ( 

Let us then not waste the opportunity which is before us to renew our commitment to the Lord’s Covenant and “prepare the way of the Lord” in discipleship.  Let us begin this season of Advent together with joyful hope and great anticipation, for Messiah will not be born as an infant again.  He will come “in a cloud with power and great glory … because your redemption is near”  (Luke 21:27-28)!  Let us give thanks for this Promise!

So shall we wait together.  “Come soon, Lord Jesus”!


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