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Advent I – Promise Fulfilled, Gen 3:8-15, Luke 1:46-56 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:06

 

4 Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord

and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:4-7)

 

What would be your Advent wish this year? I don’t mean ‘wish’ as in Santa Claus type of wish for a new phone or a new laptop. If you could ask God for one thing, what would you like God to do for you? What do you hope for? What are you longing for? What is your heart’s greatest desire?

 

In Advent, we take time to get in touch with our deepest desires and longings. Perhaps you would love to see reconciliation in an estranged relationship with a brother, sister, or a parent. Maybe you’d exchange every box under the tree and more to have someone find healing from an illness. Or maybe you like to see a daughter or son come home; not just physically, but spiritually come home to the community of faith and a relationship with Christ. For this Advent, try to name your longings and desires and tell God what you want Him to do for you. Whatever you do, don’t let this season get away from you with the busyness and extra activities without getting in touch with your heart’s deepest longings. Bring your request to the Father … and wait.

 

Advent began in Genesis with a prophecy. Like a picture in the far distance; faint but yet perceivable, God declared that an offspring of the woman would crush the head of the serpent while the serpent will only strike his heel (Gen 3:15). So the people of God waited for this offspring … and waited … and waited. Then, God said, ‘Now’ and sent His Son, Jesus Christ to earth to fulfil His promise.  Jesus lived, taught, healed, and he died on the cross. At that moment, it looked like evil won, but then three days later, God raised Christ from the dead and crushed the head of Satan and defeated death. In Jesus’ first coming, a promise was fulfilled but there is a bigger promise still. Christ will one day return again in glory and power. This is what we are anticipating … this is what we long for where there will be no more pain, no more tears, no wars, no death, no illness … just heavenly peace.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:01