“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:7
The word advent is from the Latin adventus, which means ‘coming’. In the season of Advent, God prepares to unplug the heavens and come to us in the person of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. He comes for three purposes: (1) Forgiveness ~ To forgive us of our sins; sins of yesterdays and years, today and tomorrow; no matter what we have done, especially in our youthful indiscretions, Christ speaks words of forgiveness, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” John 8:32. (2) Deliverance ~ To help us make sense out of this thing we call living, God comes to help us think through our faults and failures, and understand what it means to forgive ourselves and others, being reconciled, walking by faith in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:7, 21. (3) Eternity ~ Lastly, as we contemplate our mortality, He reminds us that we have an eternity with Him, rejoicing that our names are written in God’s heart because of Calvary, where Christ died for our sins.
So be of good cheer this Advent season “for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Heavenly Father, thank You for leaving heaven and coming to me in Christ and bringing me the greatest gift of all, Jesus, in His name. Amen.
Rev. Roosevelt Gray Jr., D.D. | Director, Black and African Ministry LCMS Office of National Mission