Advent Week One- Hope

I don’t celebrate very many holidays. Matter of fact most of them, I can totally live without. For me, the most important celebrations and observances are Christmas and Easter.  This year, I did put up decorations, but we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Easter Sunday. We celebrate, the birth, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Most of the other holidays are all a money thing.

Week 1-
JESUS is our HOPE.
Hope believes that the best is yet to come.
Christ, in You, is the hope of glory.
It is HE Whom we proclaim.
Colossians 1: 27

Scripture Reading

Mark 13:33-37 (NIV)

33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servantsin charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” —Hebrews 11:6

Advent means ‘coming’.  In the Old Testament believers anticipated and was watching for the coming of the Messiah. In the New Testament believers are eagerly waiting for the second coming of Christ. I know I have been watching for and waiting for Christ to come again.

We live in fast paced world. We expect everything to happen right now.  Waiting is very difficult since we are use to getting emails right away, food from the microwave and all kinds of other things. Even though I would be more than happy to have Christ come right now, I can pretty much guarantee that I will have to wait just like everyone else. But, He is going to be coming again and what a joyous time that will be.

Romans 15:13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in Him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Patience aren’t my cup of tea. Some of us aren’t very patient. People have said that                                                                                                                                                                                           elf and return home.

Many of us are waiting for the phone to ring so we can return to a job with a normal salary and benefits.

Others are waiting for an eye-opening spiritual breakthrough.

Waiting is the embodiment of faith.

In Hebrews 11:13 we are reminded that faith involves trust in God’s promise even if the promises of God are fulfilled long after we’re gone. The writer says, “These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance …” (Emphasis added.)

Remain Faithful

Advent is about faith and waiting. What are you waiting on God for this year? Remember the years of silence as God’s people waited for the Messiah. Take time today, right now, to reflect on the fact that God’s timing is quite different from ours.

The story of Jesus’ birth gives us assurance and joy because even though the waiting lingered for decades, God broke through at just the right time.

Are you struggling with a lack of faith? That’s OK. It doesn’t take much faith to get God’s attention. Jesus encouraged his frustrated followers this way:

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

 

  • An entire nation waited centuries before their eternal king appeared.
  • Mary wasn’t given a full-grown son.
  • The Wise Men from the east didn’t see the Messiah to appear at their front door.

Are you willing to plant faith and wait upon God? Nothing seems to be appearing on the horizon today, but just wait! God always keeps his promises, even to those who have little faith. Just wait.

Today: How Waiting Affects You

Share: Share with a friend or family member something you are waiting for.

Encourage: Encourage someone you know who is weary of waiting. Remind them of God’s promises.

Evaluate: Take inventory of your relationship with God. Are you struggling with His silence?

PrayLord, I remember the years of waiting for a Messiah. I’m often impatient with my life. Please teach me to enjoy You and not just the blessings I see in Your hands. Fill my days with laughter and joy through hardship and uncertainty. Remind me that when I think I’m waiting for an eternity, it really isn’t. Life on this earth is infinitesimally smaller than a second in the light of true eternity.

Express: Create a decorative graffiti poster of things you have faith God will do for you, your family, and your church in the coming year. If you have kids, invite them be a part of the project. This is a great time to teach them about the concept of faith. Display it in a prominent place in your home.

First Sunday of Advent 2017
December 3, 2017 in the World

An Advent wreath with a burning candle.

The theme of readings and teachings during Advent is often to prepare for the Second Coming while commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas. With the view of directing the thoughts of Christians to the first coming of Jesus Christ as savior and to his second coming as judge, special readings are prescribed for each of the four Sundays in Advent. This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

 

Video about the advent week 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj7ZEi4iMbQ

God created man and man sinned against God. Ever since then there has been no escaping the curse of the garden. We experience the effects of the fall every day and in every season.

The beauty of this Advent season is the building anticipation of our coming Hope. Jesus Christ is our only hope in life and in death. He is our Savior from the effects of sin, as well as our Redeemer from the wages of it.

 

I know this sounds like a lot, and it actually is. But these things have become part of the fabric of this season for our family.  It all started out very simply when our children were young.  As they grew older, we began branching out, but they didn’t want to stop what we were doing previously.  And so it continued…

Over time, tradition has been created in our home, and now what used to be a chore has become a much anticipated precious time with our family.  It changes our entire Christmas season by helping us focus our hearts on Christ.  We’ve been marked by the manger.

If you’re not already, we encourage you to begin an Advent journey with your family.  Make haste toward the “baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger”. (Luke 2:12)  Build the excitement and awe of the Creator taking on the form of the created to redeem fallen man and call His own for His glory.

 

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