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: Amos 9:1–10; Revelation 2:8–17; Matthew 23:13–26
In Matthew, Jesus made stinging accusations of the religious leaders of the day because they lost sight of God due to their hunger for worldly things. Their blindness was spreading to the whole nation. Not good! “Woe to you...” was spoken several times with an assortment of “blind” references sprinkled in.
Did we ever think that Mary’s precious baby boy would one day use these scathing words? And what about those who gathered around this baby guided by a star or by angels? I would imagine they were completely “lost in the moment”—totally amazed at the “who, what and where” of their Savior’s arrival. I doubt they had thoughts of what Jesus would say (yell!) many years later to these religious leaders we read of in Matthew.
Today we know that Jesus had expectations of those leaders as well as all of us today. Advent is a time when we pause and say, “Let’s remember who the child is who was born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Let’s remember who he called us to be and what he called us to do as we seek to live as Christ-followers.”
Prayer: Lord of all, help us to keep your expectations of knowing you, loving others and serving the world in the front of our minds and deep within our hearts...always. Amen.