Advent is not only about preparing for Christmas but also for Jesus’ return. According to Scripture, that won’t be the calm, silent scene described in Christmas carols.
In 1928, Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached: “It is very remarkable that we face the thought that God is coming so calmly, whereas previously peoples trembled at the day of God …. We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s coming should arouse in us. We … [forget] the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us.”
God is love; we’ll be in good hands at the end of time. But during Advent, also be in awe of God. Embrace a reverent fear of the Lord that reminds you how profound it is that God chooses again and again to draw near and lay claim to you.
This Sunday, we prepared our sanctuary for Advent. We invite you to do the same for your heart. Prepare Him room and experience the awe and wonder. Then join us next week as we continue with the Believe series.