weekly theme #1 The Lord Is Coming*
the first Sunday of Advent
Sometimes I wish I had been with Jesus while he was on earth, but I know I’m in a better spot now. I am privileged to have written accounts of his arrival, life, and departure. Most importantly, I have the Holy Spirit with me constantly to comfort, convict, and guide. Then I would have just been with Jesus, but now the Lord is in me.
Paul says that Jesus the Christ has made peace between God and all creation through his willingness to sacrifice himself. (Colossians 3) His coming was a response of God’s love for his creation. Even now God comes to me because of his love – not my works, virtue, or sacrifice. He comes to me, not because of my beauty or value but because of his.
Jesus entry as a babe had a purpose of grand and eternal significance. He came to complete his work, to be the Lord and the Truth. My work is not nearly so grand. In fact, I may be here only to exemplify love and faithfulness to others. Perhaps I can be the Jesus they see in an ordinary situation that, unknown to me, has eternal results.
In the times of the Old Testament, priests offered blood sacrifices for sins, and only at certain times could a certain Priest enter the Holy of Holies – the presence of God. Jesus changed everything. His sacrifice erases sins forever, so no further blood sacrifices are needed. Additionally, Jesus, as High Priest, has opened the Holy of Holies to me so I may enter God’s presence. Jesus continues to change everything. He is the change. All the things I think change the world are actually tools he may use for change: education, prayer, generosity, humility, military power, science, creativity, religious organizations, and more. The Lord changes everything.
*A Guide To Prayer For Ministers And Other Servants by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections. I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used. It truly lives up to its title.