Even Though It’s Not Christmas

We wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own.” Titus 2:13-14

Lord Jesus, even though the season of Advent doesn’t “officially” begin till Nov. 27, it’s alive and well in my heart. And yes, I’m already marinating in the music of your Advent(s). Life between your two comings is filled with magnificent tension.

Magnificent: because it’s bracketed by you—the most glorious of bookends, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Tension: because the contrast between “everything broken” and “all things new” is getting more and more distinct.

Soi, “come, Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free. From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee.” Indeed, Jesus, you are the “Hope of all the earth” … the “Desire of every nation,” and the “Joy of every longing heart.” (from Charles Wesley’s “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”)

We rest in the good news of your first coming, but we are restless, ready, reaching for your second. Truly, you are the “hope of all the earth,” and the “Desire of every nation”—though they don’t realize it. But we realize and unabashedly affirm, you are the Joy of our longing-to-be-with-you, aching-to-be-like-you hearts. No lover, currency, acclaim, accomplishment… nothing and no one can take your place, Jesus.

“By Thine all sufficient merit,” (for we have none of our own), “raise us to Thy glorious throne.” Until that Day, Jesus, “rule in our hearts alone.” So Very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.

S. Smith

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