Posted by: pastordarren | November 30, 2014

Watching and Waiting in Anticipation

Watch – Mark 13:28-37

 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

As the horizon begins to brighten, even just a little, begin to watch for the coming of the sun.

As the buds appear on the trees, we know that spring is coming soon.

The Jewish people had been waiting for the coming of the Messiah for hundreds of years. Looking for the signs, watching for His appearance, waiting for the hope and Kingdom that was to come.

Jesus, in the passage from Mark, reminds us, that even though He had come, there was still another coming and that we were called to wait expectantly and watch the signs and for the returning at the end of time.

As we begin the season of Advent, we begin a season of waiting in two different times. The signs of the season are all around us, yet do we see the truth they are pointing to. We are waiting and watching for the birth of Jesus that we celebrate at Christmas. We are waiting for this event that has already happened and yet will happen again. We are also waiting and watching the signs that will point to the coming of Jesus again, even though we are told we don’t know the time or day.

Prayer:

Most holy God, thank you for providing signs of Your presence and signs of Jesus’ comings. Help us to keep our eyes open to watch and be aware of what those signs point to so that we will not miss the coming of Jesus into our world and the coming of Jesus to lead us into the next. Amen.

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