Prepare to listen. Light the 1st purple candle, praying, ‘Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!’ (Isaiah 2:5)
Prayerfully Read Matthew 24:36-39
‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.
‘They knew nothing.’ Ignorance is comforting because it means we needn’t bother with the hard work of facing truth, repenting and making the necessary changes in our life. Noah’s generation responded to his dire warnings of imminent judgment (a catastrophic flood) with an apathetic, ‘Whatever.’ They refused to believe anything bad would happen to them; they didn’t need to face the truth; they didn’t need to repent.
It’s easy to respond with our own silent, ‘Whatever,’ whenever someone talks about judgment in the same breath as Christ’s Advent. Yet Advent begins with a reminder that both Jesus’ first and second Advents are about judgment, that is, settling inequalities between people and nations; redistributing wealth. We must resist the apathetic whatever response and prepare. First, by not being like Noah’s generation that ‘knew nothing until the flood came.’ We’re to learn more of Jesus and more of ourselves so that we live the Jesus Way. Second, stay alert and ready for Jesus’ coming, not in some unknown future, but right now in the various happenings of our daily lives.
In what ways do you live so that you stay alert, seeing and experiencing Jesus’ coming into your life today?
Respond to Jesus
Lord Jesus, I confess that I sometimes respond with an apathetic, whatever in order to avoid preparation for your coming. This Advent Season, help me prepare to celebrate your birth with joyous anticipation of your coming again to restore all creation, including myself, to its original goodness. Accept my prayer offered in your name, Amen.
Go live obediently in the world alert to the coming of Jesus in the little things of the day.
Advent literally means ‘coming.’ It’s a four-week season leading up to the celebration of Christ’s coming as an infant as well as a time waiting for Christ’s return to restore all creation to its original goodness. The daily readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary that include lessons related to Christ’s coming and how to respond today. They are from the Old Testament, the Gospels (especially Matthew), the Epistles and the Psalms. Join me in praying with Scripture through the Advent weeks and experience a meaningful encounter with Jesus. Devotions will appear daily beginning on Sunday December 1 and ending on December 26.