DayBreaks for 12/03/19: The Three Advents
This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent and churches around the globe observed the meaning of Advent.
Most people tell you that Advent simply means “coming”. More properly, it means “coming to”. In other words, there’s a purpose to it and it isn’t us who do the coming, but Jesus who “comes to” us.
Sunday, we celebrated the first advent: his coming as a babe in the Incarnation. There is a second advent that remains in the future when Christ will come again.
But there is also a sense of a third advent, which is the way Christ comes to us daily, or at least desires to.
What do I mean? Here’s a few ways that Christ can come to us daily:
- Through his Spirit to comfort us;
- Through his Spirit to convict us;
- Through his Spirit to guide and counsel us;
- Through his Word;
- Through the wonder of his creation;
- Through the beauty of musical worship;
- Through an opportunity to bless someone;
- Through people around us – including in a disguise as someone who needs help along life’s pathway.
I’m sure there are other ways, too. People longed for the first Advent – all you have to do is read some of the Old Testament to see how the Jews longed for the Messiah to arrive.
People long for the second Advent when pain and tears and death will be no more.
But how many of us long for and prepare daily for the third Advent? It is one thing to say we do, but what evidence is there that we’re really wanting him to come to us? Are you in the word daily? How might you have encountered him today in the form of a homeless person (remember, Jesus was a homeless man)? During this time of celebrating the first Advent and our longing for the second Advent, let’s not lose sight of our need for Jesus’ arrival each and every day in our hearts.
PRAYER: Prepare us to greet you not just when you return again, but tomorrow and each day afterward. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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