A Risky Season
November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
For many the next month represents a sentimental and romantic season that softens the harshness of life with the momentary coziness of Christmas trees and lights, and the warmth of family and gifts. That, of course, is not only far removed from the real circumstances around the birth of Jesus, but also contrary the real meaning of God entering the messiness of our lives through the incarnation in the birth of his Son. Moreover, it is also far removed from the real meaning of the Advent season during which we celebrate Jesus’ birth as a people who anticipate and expect His next coming. Mark 13:24-37 gives us the real not so sentimental and romantic picture of this season. It is a picture of a risky season with a darkening sun, dimming moon light, falling stars, and shaken realities (13:24). And therefore, it is a season that should teach us to “be on guard” and to “be alert” (13:33)! It is supposed to make us more watchful (13:37), because “if he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping” (13:36). We live in risky times, and waiting on Jesus’ second coming is risky business. How can you and I prepare ourselves better for His coming by spending this Advent season learning the habits of being on the alert for God in our midst?