“The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 33;14
We are now in a time of transition, as we move from our celebration of Thanksgiving and lean into the season of Advent. On the secular side of the coin, people are busy shopping for “the perfect gift”, decorating their homes, baking holiday goodies, writing Christmas letters, and making arrangements for family Christmas gatherings. In many ways, this is a time of looking forward. People look forward to holiday concerts, receiving Christmas greetings from distant friends and relatives, getting together with friends at Christmas parties and open houses, and of course children look forward to the arrival of the guy in the red suit with a bag full of toys. So what is it that you are looking forward to?
As we enter the season of Advent the church finds itself in a time of looking forward. Jeremiah reminds us that we are invited to look forward to promises that only the LORD can fulfill. This promise is one of an everlasting covenant, an agreement of grace and forgiveness that God will establish with his chosen people. Our thoughts are drawn to the one whom God will send, “the righteous branch of David” (Jeremiah 33:15) who will usher in a time of justice and righteous in the land. This righteous branch is Jesus, who comes to put us in a right relationship with God.
In the busyness of the season, sometimes we can lose track of what is important. We look forward to all the events which surround our celebration of the promised Savior’s birth, but this sometimes distracts us from the central message of the good news that God has come to live among us and with his arrival salvation has come. As we begin this season of Advent I invite you to ponder this question, “What is it that you look forward to?”
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