By Robert Anthony Schuller
Advent is the season observed by many as a time of expectant waiting. It is when we become aware of God’s actions, -past, present and future. During Advent we read the prophecies and experience the ancient longing of the coming of the Messiah and His triumphant return -when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up and every tear will be wiped away. “Advent” is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. Adventus is also the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly referred to as the return or the 2nd coming of Christ. During the Advent season, the spirit of worship and the visual symbols change dramatically, including celebratory signs in our homes and the singing of beloved Christmas carols enhancing our feelings of anticipation, thankfulness, and wonder.
Oh, that You would tear the heavens and come down, that mountains would quake before You
To make Your name known to your foes (Isaiah 64:1-2).
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
But of that day and hour, no one knows …. “ (Mark 13:31-32)
Accepting the Call
Both the Old and New Testament readings above refer to the second coming or “Advent” of Jesus Christ. When I think about Advent, my thoughts always go to the first coming of the baby Jesus, and not the 2nd coming of the triumphant King of kings. As such when we do think about the second coming, I want us to first always remember that ‘no one knows the day or hour’. Christ could come back in the next minute or the next million years. Only God knows. If anyone tells you differently, read these passages again. The important thing to remember about the second coming of Christ is to be ready. The 3 wise men were ready. They followed the star and presented their gifts. When Christ returns, we will not be expected to present any gifts, except a heart of devotion. Jesus does not want gold, frankincense or myrrh. He wants a soul that is willing to be molded and shaped into His likeness. We do this simply by saying: “Yes”. This is one of the most difficult things to do, and yet is the most life transforming. Just say “Yes” to Jesus. “Yes” to where He leads. “Yes” to loving all you meet. The words of Jesus will last forever. His promises are forever true. You cannot fail when you say “Yes” to His call. He is calling you today. Say “Yes”. That is all you need to know about the 2nd Advent of Christ.
Dear Jesus, you came 2000 years ago and you are coming again.
Today I am saying ‘Yes” to your call. I will do anything and everything you ask of me. Use me as you see fit. I am willing.
Thank you for your promises that allow me to live forever with you. I love you Lord.