The ADVENT BLOG
1st December 2019
This is the first in a series of blogs specifically for Advent, setting the scene for the first and successive Sundays in Advent, leading up to Christmas day. We hope you enjoy them. You can download these as a PDF documents individually each week by using the link at the bottom of the screen, and we would encourage you to share, mail, facebook post, tweet these blogs throughout Advent.
Advent is… Seeking
In the midst of the hurry and bustle of Christmas preparations; shops sparkling with gifts to buy and popular Christmas songs blaring, the Christian takes time to focus on God in preparation for the remembrance and joyfulness of Jesus Christ. Leaving all He had known in heaven and, following his Father’s will, He came to earth, born into poverty and danger… to rescue you and me.
People, by going their own selfish ways, are separated from Almighty God, and need to be restored.
The signs were all there and recorded in the Bible. Then came that moment when the time was right for Jesus to come to earth, to establish His kingdom, to show how to live a blessed life in His companionship and guidance and for prophecies to be fulfilled. To forgive, to die for each one to pay the price of our sin, to rise breaking through the barrier of death, and to live eternally in that beautiful kingdom.
God’s plan continues, and from Jesus’ words and the Book of Revelation we know of the
signs and prophecies which will be fulfilled when Jesus comes again, and His kingdom is established in full.
Advent means’ coming’ and Jesus, through his parables, teaches us what the kingdom is like. Through his miracles He shows us what his kingdom is like. His message and actions always invites people to ‘come’ to Him. We hear about Him searching for lost sheep and running to greet the prodigal son. As Jesus continues to seek and restore people, are we playing our part in seeking God, to really know and understand Him? We say wise men seek God with a smile, but are we really wise and do we actually do all we can to seek Christ.
Do we understand this deep message and action of love? Do we look around at this broken and needy world and understand it needs a Saviour, and in gratitude keep seeking God, and as we are blessed seek to serve Him in gratitude and love, extending His kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven?Jesus says to you…
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
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