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Come Lord, Come! Maranatha

Luke 2:9

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Ray 2019Do you have any idea why we celebrate Advent – or don’t celebrate Advent? Advent is more than the period of time that begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and runs through Christmas Eve. It is more than merely a time of awaiting the coming of the baby Jesus in the manger. It is more than a time to light the candles in the Advent reef or log. In the fourth century – when they began to celebrate Advent – it was also a time of remembering and waiting on the Lord’s return. Yes – waiting on the return of Jesus – for His church. A time of anticipation of Christ’s return.

Have you ever heard the term Maranatha? It is an Aramaic term that literally means – Come Lord, Come – and was often used to invite our Lord’s return. I have used it for years on this blog page and in my e-mails (at times). I also use it in my prayers and in sermons.

Not only is the Glory of God seen when Jesus is being born – when the glory of the Lord shone around them – but the Glory of God will shine when Jesus returns. Describing Christ’s departure from earth – Luke records these words:

Luke 21:27 – At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

As we approach Christmas this year – let us not only look toward the baby Jesus – but also remember the returning Messiah – the King of Kings – the Lord of Lords. Join us on Tuesdays as we search Scripture for the prophecies about the coming Messiah and how Jesus was the fulfillment of these passages. Join us for worship each Sunday. Join us as we serve Jesus – by serving our neighbors who are home challenged. Join us for our special carol service on December 22nd at both morning services.

Whenever possible – let us gather together this Advent and shout – Come Lord, Come! Maranatha! Let us not only anticipate the coming babe but also the returning Messiah.

By-the-way – have you invited someone to worship with you this week? Have you been praying for someone – that they might come to an understanding of Jesus – and be saved?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

December 3, 2019 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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