1st Sunday of Advent – 2018

Adv1C18.    Jeremiah 33: 14-16.   The Lord God promises “to the house of Israel and Judah” that he “will raise up for David a just shoot.”  In the Advent season we understand this to be applied to Jesus, who “shall do what is right and just in the land” by being the Messiah that will redeem the people.

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.  Here we go back to November’s theme of the Second Coming of Jesus with the terrifying signs of the end of the universe.  “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”  Then redemption is hand for those who have remained faithful to the Lord but destruction for those who were forgetful of Jesus and lost in worldliness.

Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14.  As we live out our daily lives we must constantly lift our souls in prayer to the Lord so not to be lost in the lowliness of this world.  A wonderful daily prayer is the first lines that have been given to us in today’s psalm: “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me: teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”  It is so easy to get lost in ourselves, thinking that we have it all figured out and can do it on our own.  The psalm says that the Lord will only teach “the humble his way” but ignore the proud who do not feel they need God.  “The friendship of the Lord is with those who fear” or respect God for who he is in relation to us, the almighty, loving Father helping his children who need to be cared for daily.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2.  “Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming for our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.”  As the God who created us to be loved by him, we should love one another, as he loves us all.  We should love the love that God has for us and love his will which is the supreme expression of his love for us.  In loving God’s will for us and acting in obedience to his will, we are made “blameless in holiness before our God and Father.”  Loving God’s will for us means that we conduct ourselves in way that is pleasing to God.