Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.“
2020 has been an annus horribilis — a year of great adversity or misfortune. A disastrous year of a virus outbreak used by governments to restrict our fundamental freedoms and wreck economies. 2020 also was another season of wildfires and power brown-outs and shut-downs for those living in California, not all of whom are “Progressives” who voted for a state government that contributes to the wildfires via its forest mismanagement. For conservatives and patriots, 2020 ended even more disastrously with a suspect election ridden with fraud which, we are told, counter-intuitively elected a man with senile dementia, whose campaign rallies were attended by handfuls of Democrats. In contrast, tens of thousands attended each of the rallies of the other presidential candidate, who was winning by a landslide on election night until vote-counting in battleground states was abruptly halted. When the counting was resumed the next morning, lo and behold, the dementia candidate suddenly leapt ahead to “win” in those crucial states.
The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.
Yes, 2020 was an annus horribilis. But today is the beginning of something most joyful — the first 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, and of His return at the end of all things.
Did you know that the coming of Jesus the Christ had been foretold in the Old Testament? How cool is that! Below are some examples.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Psalm 22:1, 16, 18
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
they pierced my hands and my feet.
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
And how are we to be “prepared” for His coming? By being “blameless in holiness“.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
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 of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.
And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,