Reading: Mark 13: 24-31
Verse 28: “You know that it is near, right at the door”.
At first glance, today’s text seems odd for Advent, the season where we celebrate the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The sun being darkened, the stars falling, and the heavens quaking don’t quite have that Christmas vibe. But if we dig a little deeper, the reading makes sense. There are signs all around that the world is more ready than ever for what this passage speaks of. Each year we can look back and think the world is more ready than ever for Jesus to return and make all things new.
If we dig down into the core of why Jesus came, we find our answer in the fullness of God’s love: for God so loved the world… Because God looked down and saw His children living in darkness and sin, He sent Jesus. We remember too that Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it. God looked down upon a world dead in its sin and did something about it. Today many people still live in darkness and the only true, lasting light remains Jesus. As we await the return that today’s passage speaks of, we do so following our call to bring the light and love of Jesus to all people and to all nations. This call is a great reason for us to celebrate the birth and life that brought hope and love to a world in great need.
We wait, though, in a tension. Verse 28 speaks of this tension: “You know that it is near, right at the door”. Just as the fig tree shows signs and calls people to anticipate summer, so too are we to live with the sense that Jesus is coming soon. Soon is a good place to be. When we live with a sense of Jesus coming soon, we live with a faith that is active and alive. We live with a faith that matters today in the present. We live with a faith that seeks to share the hope and love of Jesus with all we meet. We live with a faith that is full of promise and expectation. As we live out a “coming soon” faith, may we live so that others may sense that Jesus is right at the door of their hearts too, seeking to come in.