“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
Isaiah was just one of the prophets that foretold of Jesus’ birth. But so many of them waited patiently and foretold of something, Someone that they would never see or meet in their lifetimes.
In the First Week of Advent, God calls us to repentance, to “Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves.
Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil.” (Isaiah 1:16)
In the Second Week of Advent, God tells us through Isaiah and other prophets that changing our habits is not enough. We must humbly submit ourselves to the will of God. But we don’t know the will of God, and that’s what makes that such a scary command.
Return to the Lord
In the Scripture Reading for the Second Sunday in Advent, the Lord calls His children—the people of Jerusalem—to return to him. Freed from sin, they must mourn their past and leave it behind, but they refuse. Instead, while they should be watching, waiting and preparing their souls for the coming of their Savior—their Messiah—they are distracted by celebrations, and God vows to humble them.
Prepare for the Coming of Christ
There are lots of Christmas celebrations, but are they celebrating Christ? All around us, people with little or no faith in Christ have hijacked his birth celebration to celebrate…what, exactly?
We are encouraged, tempted, even compelled to join in. After all, it would be rude to refuse the invitations of friends and coworkers to Christmas parties, right?
If we choose to join in to the holiday revelry, we need to always remember the reason for this season is Jesus. Like the watchmen in today’s passage, we are to be waiting and watching. For Someone who will rescue us, our friends and our coworkers. For Someone who will redeem us faster than we redeem all those gift cards. When we join a party, who can we spot in the room who needs a Savior? Who needs our prayer because they don’t know how?
Advent helps us prepare
- for the coming of Christ as a baby at Christmas
- for His coming to us as our personal Savior
- and His Second Coming at the end of time.
Just like the prophets, just like the watchmen, we don’t know when we will be called upon to do something brave. I don’t want to be humbled because I celebrated too much. I want to be prepared. So let’s wait…on Him, and see where He leads us during this holiday season.
This week in Advent, we honor the Prophets for their preparation and courage. Click here for the Advent Guide for Week Two.