In more ways than one, Advent is a great reminder of the all-knowing but surprising character of God. However, this time of year not only reminds us of Christ’s first advent, when He (surprisingly) first visited us, coming in the form of a babe, but also His second advent, when He comes as the triumphant King of kings. He has already warned us that He is coming back at a time we do not expect, despite calling us to watch for Him, and prophesying signs of His coming. He calls us to discern the times, but then says He will come as a thief in the night. The tension is real and alive. Keep our focus on Him, and His return, but knowing He comes when we are not expecting, or have given up! But, Oh, the reward of His return, the hope it brings, and the completion of His promise. Such a gift of grace, undeserved, we who believe become fully eternal, free from burdens, full of His glory, abiding in heavenly bodily form with Father God, and Christ Jesus, in a place of pure joy, where no tears flow.
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7)