Second Tuesday in Advent

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 7:10–17; Revelation 1:9–16; Matthew 22:34–46

Read and Be in Awe: “The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.  His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters…coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance” (Revelation 1:14–16).

This is the description of Jesus, the Redeemer, as he will be when he comes again.  Wow!  Impressive!  In small notes, my Bible told me to see Daniel 7:9.
 
Now, read this: “Thrones were set in place and The Old One sat down.  His robes were white as snow, and his hair was white like wool.  His throne was fiery flames” (Daniel 7:9).

For me, these verses are awe-inspiring and humbling.  Christ the Redeemer is coming, and even today, we can worship him.  These verses also show that God’s promises do not change.  John’s vision occurs thousands of years after Daniel’s vision.  If God is so certain of his victory, shouldn’t we be?  Let us pray with full confidence and reverence of him today. 
 
Prayer:Amazing Christ, we humble ourselves before you knowing that you will come again as King. Your face will shine like the sun, and your throne will be aflame with fire. What power! Please, Lord, we pray to trust you today. Help us to not have any doubt in your sovereignty. Amen.

-Elisa Angione