Preparing for Jesus

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Preparation is a prominent Advent theme.  Advent is “a voice calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God…  And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it” (Isaiah 40:3,5).  Preparation is about the way in which a people who celebrate the first coming of the Lord (Incarnation) wait for the second coming of the Lord.  How do we prepare for Jesus in this Advent season?  At the very least, by recognizing that our preparations take place in the desert of everyday life.  This is not a season of denying the realities that come with the dryness and barrenness of “all men (who) are like grass (that) withers” or “like flowers (that) fall” (40:6-8).  It is a season of embracing the power of God’s coming in the midst of these desert circumstances.  Because, embedded in His coming is the promise of “the word of God (that) stands for ever” and the security of His faithful presence:  “Here is your God!” (40:8-9).  Our preparation shifts the focus to God and the everlasting hope that comes with the anticipation of His coming.

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