Advent – reflecting and anticipating

Tis the season of Advent, where we celebrate and remember “the coming” of the Lord. To think thing that God became flesh and made His dwelling among us never ceases to amaze me. Over the next three weeks or so, we have the opportunity to reflect on the first coming of Christ. And as we reflect on the miracle of the incarnation, let us not forget our high calling. As Paul reminds us, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8) It is a high calling indeed! Jesus, the Messiah gave up all his heavenly rights and became a man, thus demonstrating his humility. But it didn’t stop there – as he became obedient – even unto death. So as we reflect and remember this Advent season, do not forget that we are called to be “imitators” of Christ. We are to have an attitude of humility, service, obedience, and love. And as we look back, let us also look forward to the second coming. “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” (James 5:8) In the early church, its members believed in the imminent return of Christ. With it being 2000 years later, don’t you think we should have that same belief? The time is only getting closer and closer – are you ready?

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