Now is the time to prepare for the Coming of the Messiah this Advent Season. Meet us here each day of Advent where we will be posting a blog written by members of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, representing an intergenerational sampling of contributors as they reflect on the scripture selections from the Daily Lectionary Advent readings from the Book of Common Worship. If you would like to download a copy of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem Advent Devotional, CLICK HERE.
LECTIONARY READING: Zechariah 1:7–17; Revelation 3:7–13; Matthew 24:15–31
Imagine that you were alive during Jesus’ time. Imagine that you were lucky enough to hear his teachings in person. Imagine going through the pain of hearing of his death, but then rejoicing
when you learn of his resurrection. Finally, imagine that Jesus tells your community that he is
leaving, but will return one day. Would you be shocked? Confused? Feeling let down that this
teacher, this Savior is leaving Earth? In Revelation 3, the church in Philadelphia is told not to fear. Verse 11 states that Jesus is coming soon and that we need to hold on to our belief in him.
The season of Advent is a time when we can remember Jesus’ coming in the past, and his promise to come in the future. As busy and stressful as the holiday season can be, we need to remember that God sent his Son in the past, and that we are instructed to wait, hope, and expect that God will send him again.
In verse 8 in his message to Philadelphia, Jesus acknowledges that we are weak: “I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” This Advent and Christmas season, keep God’s Word in your life despite the stresses of the holidays. Remember God’s promise that Jesus is coming again.
Prayer: Father God, we ask that you guide us through this busy season. Keep us safe, and help us to remember your Word. Amen.
-Ben Whitby, High School Student