ROOTED - Monday, November 29, 2021


Welcome to the season of Advent!  Every year around this time the Church of Jesus Christ sets aside about four weeks explicitly for the purpose of waiting and preparation as we get ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and his return as the king in glory.  Advent means “coming,” and we live in the time between the first coming of Christ and the second.  Read these two texts that teach us about the two advents of Christ.

 

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

 

I Thessalonians 4:13-14, 16-18

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

Reflections

This year we are enjoying the songs of Christmas, and this week the song is ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.’  Emmanuel means “God with us.”  In what sense is God with us in the person of Jesus?  What do you love most about the story of his first coming?

 

According to First Thessalonians, what will the second coming of Christ be like?  What scares you about it?  What gives you hope?

 

Prayer

Merciful God, as we begin another Advent season, I am aware that we are closer than ever before to the return of your Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.  Help me to make my home and my heart ready for him.  I pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.