Today’s passage speaks of one of the basic yet most important beliefs of our faith: one day Jesus will return. In the days right after His resurrection, the disciples all thought His return was imminent. But as time went by and the disciples’ earthly lives came to a close, the idea of ‘one day’ Jesus will return took on more of a ‘some day’ feel. Although we are warned that Jesus’ return will be quick and sudden – like a theif in the night – we really do not live a day-to-day faith that reflects this.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away many are gearing up for it. There are menus to be planned, guest lists to be finalized, things to be prepared, and rooms to be cleaned! There is a very specific date, very close, so there is some urgency to it all. And then Friday will be here and that will signal the start of the season to get ready for Christmas. All we did for Thanksgivign will be repeated plus we will shop for gifts for our friends and loved ones.
Oh ya! And Advent starts this Sunday. This too is its own season. This too is a season in which we prepare for something – the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In a way it is much easier than Thanksgiving or Christmas to prepare for. It the personal season in which we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. All it takes is a little time and a book or devotional or online resource to focus in on Advent and what the coming of Christ means to our Christian faith.
The time for Jesus’ return is unknown. Advent is coming Sunday. It is not quite here, so there is a little time to get ready yet. May we each choose to carve out a little extra time to prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of the King of Kings.
Scripture reference: Luke 21: 25-36