This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. – Isaiah 2:1-5 (NIV)
Advent is Latin for “Coming”
“For many centuries, Advent was a season of spiritual preparation before the Feast of Christmas. It began four Sundays before Christmas. Contrary to the practice of so-called Advent in many churches, it wasn’t focused on the story of the birth of Christ and the singing of carols. That’s for the Christmas season. Instead, Advent is a time of reflection, penitence, and preparation, not of celebration…. The themes of Advent are from the Old Testament prophecies, and the ministry of John the Baptist. They take us on a journey to a time before the first coming of Christ. Like the ministry of John the Baptist, they invite us to repent, and ‘prepare the way of the Lord.’” – Greg Goebel
Advent is a loud call that we should always live watching and waiting for the return of Christ our King. A day that will be glorious for those who have found faith in Jesus, but for those who have rejected Him, His judgement will be terrible.
The days are growing short so let us take up an urgent call to spread the Gospel of Christ and expand the Kingdom of God on this earth. There is no greater task for the Church.
“At last the night is ending, the day is drawing near. The people living in the night will see the long awaited light. Rising in the darkness from afar, it shines on them, the morning star.
The son of man will come once more, not as a child, obscure and poor; only the Father knows the day, all we must do is watch and pray.” – Huub Oosterhis
Prepare the Way
Over the next four weeks take a concentrated time of repentance, fasting and prayer so that your focus may change to see beyond just Christmas and long for the coming of Christ our King.
Prepare the way for the Lord to have full reign in your own heart and have the strength and courage to proclaim God’s word to make way for His return.
Come Lord Jesus come; come quickly
NOTE: The Huub Oosterhis quote is a modified excerpt from his work Prayers, Poems and Songs quoted in The New Handbook of The Christian Year by Hoyt L. Hickman & others