This Sunday, November 30, marks the first day of the new Christian year, for as the church, we keep time differently than the world does; we order our lives in the life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The season of Advent begins again the familiar cycle; we begin the new Christian year with much expectation, anticipation, and preparation for the first and second coming of God in Christ, as God breaks into the powers and kingdoms of this world through his son, Emmanuel-God with us.
Throughout the season of Advent, we say, O come, O come, Emmanuel! and yet we have to ask, are we really ready and prepared for what his coming means? Thinking about the second coming might even make us a bit anxious or afraid, even as we remind ourselves that God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but sends his Son in order that the world might be saved through him. For those who freely yield to his authority, Jesus brings salvation. For those who freely yield to his authority, Jesus is the light of the world who pierces our sin and darkness!
As the historic liturgy of the church reminds us: In God’s grace and providence, all ages are a preparation for the kingdom of the Son – so Your Church, O God, waits with joy and singing the coming of his righteous reign. We pray that the keeping of Advent will make us watchful and ready for the coming of God in Christ who brings salvation to all.