Dear Hope Church,
As we enter the Advent season, I want to quickly look back on the sermon series we just completed, where we ventured with Stephen and Paul and Peter and Lydia through the book of Acts. We look back and laugh in disbelief that our faith has been handed down to us by a rag-tag bunch of disciples who were once filled with fear at Christ’s death but by grace became Spirit-filled, chain-me-up-if-you-dare proclaimers of the message that changed the world: Jesus is Lord.
Yet Advent is a time for us rag-tag disciples to remember that same message, not only looking back and smiling at the promises of God being kept in Jesus, but looking forward as well. If Jesus is Lord is still true for me, then it means I can trust, I can rest, I can sing for joy—in my successes and in my sorrows—because the long-expected Jesus has promised to return in glory and establish his kingdom once and for all.
As we begin our Advent series, The Long-Expected Jesus, would you join me in praying that God would be near to us in the waiting? Waiting 25 days is not hard (except for our little ones who have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads), but this short time of waiting each year is intended to deepen our longing and desire for something more—the very presence of our God.
“But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
Come, Lord Jesus!