Advent 2017

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Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people.

Advent 2017: Finding Hope

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Matthew 1:18-25 “Waiting is part of life. Waiting is our destiny. As creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they long for, we wait in darkness for a flame we cannot light. We wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot right. We wait for a ‘not yet’ that feels like a ‘not […]