First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2007

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

Yes, Advent is a time when we remember that Jesus came as a baby to earth. We call that the incarnation, but Advent has a dual purpose — it is also a season when we remember that Jesus is coming back again. All of the passages in this week’s reading deal with that to some extent. However, I want to quote Paul’s letter to the church in Rome.

11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

I don’t know about you, but I sense the urgency with which Paul writes. If Paul was urgent in the 1st Century, how much more urgent should we be 2000 years later. There are a couple points that I want to make here:

  1. Jesus is coming again.
  2. We need to prepare ourselves for his coming.
  3. We need to live the lives that God has called us to live through His son, Jesus Christ.
  4. Live in the presense of Christ
  5. Stay away from evil.

Jesus is coming again, is your heart prepared?

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