Sunday Devotional: Are you the one who is to come?

Today is the third Sunday of Advent — a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the incarnation and birth of the Second Person of the Triune Godhead.

The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. And so, this season of Advent is also about a second advent or second coming — His return at the end of all things.

And how do we know that He is the One?

Having created us with the ability to reason, God fully expects us to use our minds — to good purpose.

Did you know that even John the Baptist did not believe blindly, but used his rational faculty to sift through the available empirical evidence and determined that Jesus indeed was whom he was awaiting — “the one who is to come”.

Matthew 11:2-6

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

So, on this third Sunday of Advent, do not be disheartened by the darkness of our culture, polity and society, but take comfort in these words from the Epistle of James.

James 5:7-10

Be patient, brothers and sisters,
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient.
Make your hearts firm,
because the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,
that you may not be judged.
Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.
Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,
the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

May the peace of love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!


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1 year ago

And With Your Spirit, Amén. The short video is beautiful. Thank You Dr. Eowyn. It is inspiring and HOPING, waiting for the birth of the child Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world. Let’s have a blessed Sunday for the beginning of the week is full of surprises.

1 year ago
1 year ago

More than ever, I understand that the smallest events are conducted by GOD; He is the one who makes us desire and who grants our desires. St. Therese of Lisieux.

Steven Broiles
1 year ago

Yes. John the Baptist used his rational faculties. Even Our Blessed Mother did, when She asked the Angel Gabriel, “How can this be, as I do not know man?”

God never asks us to be dumb. He expects us to think, and He will not do our thinking for us. The Book of John makes it clear, as E. Michael Jones has explained, that God is the Logos, the Rational Force behind the Universe. Either we choose Logos or we become revolutionaries; we have no other choice.

The Story of Christ MUST be true. The empirical evidence is there.

1 year ago

I read an account of how CS Lewis came to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. He had been a committed atheist, a rationalist and cynic, his cynicism cemented by fighting in the trenches in WW I. He came away convinced of the utter waste and futility of human existence. Through a series of minor epiphanies he eventually accepted that there is a God but not a personal God. Then one of his colleagues, a hard-boiled atheist, conceded to him that the evidence for the story of Jesus was actually “surprisingly good”. His friend J R R Tolkien then reinforced… Read more »

1 year ago

And with you, my friend.