Advent Devotion 03
Today we begin with the question:
Advent is an important season for us Christians. It is a season that gives us an opportunity to prepare appropriately for the celebration of the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ at Bethlehem. We do so in the light of the anticipation of the same Jesus Christ second coming to judge the living and the dead. We believe that Jesus Christ may come for the second time any time, even during Christmas. In this regard, we are not blinded by the secular and commercial preparation and celebration for Christmas and be found unprepared for our Lord’s second coming.
HEARING AND DOING GOD’S WILL
Today Old Testament reading Isaiah 28: 1-13, reads in part;
Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,
to the fading flower, his glorious beauty,
set on the head of a fertile valley -
to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!
See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong.
Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind,
like a driving rain and a flooding downpour,
he will throw it forcefully to the ground (...)
“Who is it he is trying to teach?
To whom is he explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk,
to those just taken from the breast?
For it is:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that
a little here, a little there.”
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
God will speak to this people,
to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose”-
but they would not listen.
So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there -
so that as they go they will fall backward;
they will be injured and snared and captured.
The New Testament, Matthew 12: 38-50, reads in part;
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
The old Testament describes the people who, instead of hearing and doing God's will, chose to mock God’s message instead and stood judged. The New Testament underlines Jesus teaching that; those who indeed belong to Him as His brothers and sisters are those who hear and do God's will.
We must pray for ourselves that God helps us not to be only hearers but doers of God’s word.
“Dear God, help us to pay attention to your word and obey your will even as we prepare for and celebrate Christmas. May we be found alert when you come for the second time and be counted among the number when Saints go marching in”. In Jesus Name, we pray.