It’s coming! We are entering into the season of “Advent” in the church calendar, the time of year when we as Christians hold our breath, count the days and pray fervently because “it’s coming.” That’s what “Advent” means. Advent is a Latin word that means “coming.”
And there’s a lot that’s coming on our horizon at Covenant Presbyterian.
First – and most importantly – this is the season when we focus on the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. This is the most important event in human history. It is the reason why our calendars “count down” backwards to the year of his birth (approximately 0 BC), and “count up” forwards away from his birth. Every time we write “2016” on a check or a document we are bearing witness to the fact that two thousand and sixteen years ago, Christ came. A little boy lived among us who was fully human and fully God. And that little boy would grow to show us how to live, how to die and how to rise again, all through his own sacrifice for us on the cross.
Secondly, this is the season when we look forward to the coming of Christ’s Kingdom. When we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Lord’s prayer, we pray that God’s Kingdom would “come” on earth as it is heaven. And here’s the exciting part: Jesus wants us to help him make that prayer a reality. What would it look like for Jesus to be King of Huntsville? King of your job? King of your family? King of your life?
But thirdly, 2017 is coming! A fresh opportunity is coming! In the new year, we have a new chance to tell Jesus “here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). I believe very strongly that 2017 will be a powerful year for our church family. I can hear Jesus calling us to tell our neighbors about him. I can see a congregation ready to serve. I can feel the energy of the Holy Spirit nudging us forward and building us up. It won’t be easy but it will be exciting.
Jesus is coming! His kingdom is coming! It’s time for us to prepare the way. We’re ready, let’s get set in 2017, because it’s time to grow!