The Hope of Advent: Day Five
“‘And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’ And he told them a parable; ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.””
– Luke 21:25 – 36
Our small group has been working our way through Luke for the month of December, and it’s been great to experience the entire life of Christ. One thing that was brought up in our discussion of Luke’s writing is Jesus’ command to stay alert (primarily in Luke 12:35-48). Luke tells us of Jesus exhorting the disciples to be ready, to be prepared at all times for God and what he is doing in those moments, and we come again upon this same spurring here in Luke 21. Be ready. Do not be distracted by things of this world. Know that the Kingdom is near. Be ready. I find myself whispering these words to myself, “be ready” throughout the day as a little prayer and as a remeinder of what’s important.
Jesus’ birth is the start of it all. Dawn has finally come to the darkness. Rescue is here, and earth will never be the same. Jesus pleads with us to be ready through all distractions, and today I find hope in that Jesus did come, that he is coming again, and by remembering his birth in a stable, I can be constantly preparing for his return.
Come Lord Jesus.