“Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Hello Meadowview! Pastor George here.
I’m excited for this next Series we are going to be in. As you know we’ve been studying the Book of Revelation for the last few months and I promised we’d continue in it through the end of the year. To that end, I’ve entitled the next 5 Sermons leading up to and including Christmas Eve, Come, Lord Jesus: Revelation, an Advent Series.
You may be wondering why we’d be studying the Book of Revelation, which portrays the Christ’s future return, since we are supposed to be celebrating Christmas which looks back to the Birth of Our Savior. Well, it’s simple really. The 2 are inextricably connected. Christ came once in a Cradle. He’s coming back in a Crown.
Despite what retailers tell you, this next few weeks is not the Christmas Season. If we held to a liturgical calendar, the Season of Christmas actually begins with Christmas. These weeks leading up to Christmas are called Advent. The word comes from the Latin adventus, which simply means “arrival” or “to come” (“ad” – to, and “ventios” – Come). It’s the time we spend in waiting for Christmas, the celebration of when Christ first came, his first arrival. His first Advent. Adventus is also the Latin translation of the Greek word Parousia, which means “a coming” or “an arrival” or “presence.” You may have heard the word Parousia commonly associated with End Times prophecy, when Christ will come again. It is often associated with the book of Revelation.
In that sense, this time of year is Advent and looks to the birth of our savior in the past as a celebration in the present, but that idea comes from a word that is almost synonymously associated with Christ’s return in the future. You see Advent is as much a reference to the waiting for Christ’s second coming as it is the waiting for his first. Much in the same way that the Jewish people in the 1st Century were excited to see the day of their long-awaited messiah, we too as the people of God ought to similarly long for Christ’s return. As a matter of fact, the Jewish people 2000 years ago had no idea there would be two comings. They were looking forward to the very same Advent that we are looking forward to and that the Book of Revelation prepares us for.
What are you celebrating this Advent? What are you looking forward to this year in the Coming of Christmas?
Join us as we continue in our study of the Book of Revelation. Through it we’ll see many references connecting Christ’s first coming with his second coming. Hopefully, we’ll too say along with John “Come, Lord Jesus.”
- Dec 1: Rev. 3: 14-22 The Letter to Laodicea– Have a Zesty Christmas
- Dec 8: Rev 2: 8-11 The Letter to Smyrna – Born to Suffer & Die
- Dec 15: Rev 4 & 5 – The Eternal Plan to Send The Son to Redeem His People
- Dec 22: Rev 12:1-6 – A Woman, A Baby, and A Dragon (Rev 12, 20)
- Dec 24: Rev 21:1-8 – Immanuel, God with Us (Rev 21-22)
I pray that you’ll join us these next 4 weeks. Be sure to invite your family and friends, so they too can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and join with Simeon at the birth of Christ in saying “my eyes have seen your salvation.” (Luke 2:30) For we serve the God-Man Jesus who came first in a cradle, and will return in a crown. His name is Jesus, for He came to save his people from their sins, and indeed He has. (Matthew 1:21, Revelation 1:5) Let’s share that message together, Church!