Posted by: pastordarren | December 3, 2017

A Journey to Hope

Mark 13:24-37

I have always thought that including scriptures that talk about the end of times and being ready for the coming of Jesus seem odd and out of place during Advent.  Aren’t we supposed to be focusing on the birth, the angels, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph?  These images of the end of times just don’t fit.

But there is a theme that seems to weave it’s way through, a theme of expectation, a waiting for something that is different, better, a theme of Hope for the coming of God’s rule and reign in the world today and forever.

The people before Jesus were waiting for the coming Messiah, we wait for the return of the Messiah.  We are all waiting in expectant Hope.  

The signs of Christmas are around us (and have been for a while) and the signs of Jesus’ return are around us too.  We know when Christmas is coming and hopefully we can be ready for the day.  We don’t know when the return of Jesus will be or even what it will look like, but we are called to be ready and be waiting with Hope.

As we begin this Advent season, a season of waiting, let us have the hope of Jesus for a better today and a better tomorrow.

Prayer:

Gracious God, we look forward to celebrating the gift of Jesus, given to us as a baby as well as celebrating the gift of Jesus in His return.  Each offer us a new Hope, a new vision of what it can be here on earth as it is in Heaven.  Amen.

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