The season of Advent is all about expectation and hope. We are designed to look forward to something better than what we now experience – even if what we experience now is pretty good! So, for example, I’d rather hear, “Now you’ll get the seniors’ discount!” than “Now you really start to waste away!” (I just turned 60). As I write this the Americans are electing their new president. It can be boiled down to expectation and hope. One says, “Things are good but can be better. Vote for me!” The other says, “Things are horrible and will get worse unless you vote for me!” Who will they believe?
For hundreds of years before Jesus was born, his people, the Jews, were oppressed by one empire after another – Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and finally the Romans. God promised them a deliverer, a new King David, a Messiah. Many held firmly to that hope. When the Messiah, Jesus, finally came, those who believed in him found deliverance – just not the political kind that was expected. He came to deliver them from guilt, fear, sin, death and Satan – but not just them, the whole world.
Those of us who have put our trust in Christ already experience this deliverance, this freedom – in part. We know deep inside that there’s more to it, that a more complete rescue awaits. This, we are promised, will happen upon Christ’s return, when “we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 For this reason, we eagerly expect and hope for his second coming. The prayer of the early church is ours: “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” Rev. 22:20
On November 27th our three churches will celebrate the first Sunday in Advent at Haliburton. We will also share in the Lord’s Supper. The service starts at 10:30. Hope to see you there.
In Christ’s love,