Sun, 22 December 2013
December 1, 2013
Join Us In The Manger
Discover Our HOPE in Waiting
Synopsis: Today we start the annual journey to Christmas. Black Friday is behind us and now there are only 24 more shopping days. Merchants, retailers, cities, states, yes even the nation hope for a merry Christmas, but at this point they are forced to wait for the final tally and the closing of the books for 2013. All of our kids and the kids in all of us also hope for an exciting finally for 2013.
Ed Rupp has built a segment into his Wednesday morning traffic report (channel ten news) where he says, “Wait for it! Wait for it!” That means its time for his official build up to “Hump Day”, his middle of the week moment. Advent season is also about waiting. The Christian’s “hump day” is itself the marking of time to the anticipated second coming of Christ.
What are you waiting for? We are all waiting for different things and yet in Christ we are all waiting for the same thing. His second coming. That’s the ultimate HOPE of Christmas. Until then our HOPE is to Help Other People Experience hope in the risen Christ. What are you waiting for?
Scripture Text (NRSV): Psalm 27:13-14; Isaiah 11:1-4; Luke 2:8-12; 16-20; Psalm 62:5-8
Other References: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is In The Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, translated by O C. Dean, Jr.; compiled and edited by Jana Riess.
Our Daily Bread, :December-January-February 2013-2014, Voume 58, Numbers 9, 10, 11, RBC Ministries, 2013.