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WHAT IS ADVENT?
Ready for the Light
What could be more “extremely important” than the incarnation of God, born as the human baby Jesus, Son of God, Emmanuel, “God With Us”?
What is known as the First Coming of Christ, was Jesus’ presence in the world bringing the knowledge of God the Father, and ending with His death, burial and resurrection.
And the Second Coming?
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
The Second Coming is then expected at some indeterminate time when Jesus’ arrival will also be as judge.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31, 32) “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46)
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
I propose yet another Advent, an “extremely important” Advent, to be readied before the Second Coming. It is this: knowing and understanding what we have already read, have you prepared for the arrival of another “extremely important” personal advent-ure?
I see this Advent as a personal Pentecost, the reception of the coming Holy Spirit by each person, to be endued with “power from on high.” This is “the promise of My Father” Jesus refers to in Luke 24:49, given to those who most importantly, ask God, the Holy Spirit in us! (Luke 11:13) It is He who points the way to Jesus, giving us at the same time Spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ.
Come out of the darkness, therefore, and present yourself in complete surrender to the King of Kings, the Light of the whole world! Receive Him for yourself!
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