Advent – Time of Preparation and Hope

Years back, I knew of a person who actually indicated that he would take a stance on not taking a stance.  I guess it is somewhat like deciding not to decide on something.  Hearing it the first time, my reaction was “say what?”  I really had to think about that response a bit and still ponder about it to this day.  What does one accomplish when their stance is not a stance?

Yet, many people do have difficulty making a decision.  By acting and doing in this manner, decisions and actions are not done based on what is the best thing to do for oneself and others.  In many instances, people who think and behave in such fashion usually accept whatever results prevail.

Thank goodness our heavenly Father acted on our behalf and did not leave our eternal path in our hands.  Thank goodness He acted on our behalf.  Thank goodness our Lord Jesus obeyed the will of His Father and stated, “Yet not my will, but yours be done.”  Our Father chose to redeem us through His One and only Son.  John so beautifully records, “Father, the time has come.  Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life:  that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:1-4).

Advent is now here.  That wonderful time where Christians gather to worship their Lord and King in song and Word.  We prepare our hearts for Christmas – preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  In that celebration, we know the ending.  Acting and doing as True Man and True God, our Lord and Savior took upon Himself the shame of the cross so that all believers in Him are assured of life eternal.  With joyous hearts and voices during this Advent time, we boldly sing:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art,
Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.

What a great time it is to be in worship with other believers.  What a blessing it is to be in classrooms, helping children and young adults each day to celebrate the most significant reason for the season – Jesus.  What a blessing it is to have that hope of life now and life forever because of what Jesus did you and me.

Advent – a most glorious time of the year!