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December 11, 2012 / Daniel

Advent, the Hope for a Better World

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Advent (Photo credit: el_staplador)

Today I was talking with my friend Aaron about the Advent season.   He reminded me that Advent isn’t just about the birth of Christ.  It’s also about the second coming of Christ.  During Advent, we look forward to Jesus’ return.   But we do so remembering that Christ already came once.  2000 years ago Jesus arrived on this planet as a baby boy.  He came to die for our sins and to rescue us from death by the power of his resurrection.   So, the Christmas season is all about jogging our memory.  When we remember Christ’s first coming, we begin to long for His second coming.

Christians are an eschatological people.   We hope for a better future.  A better world.  But as we set our gaze to the future, we need to remind ourselves of the past.   Our future is secure because the past has been won.  Our resurrection is predicated on His resurrection.   He lives.  Therefore, we will rise from the dead.

Paul puts it this way in Colossians 3:1-4.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

I love this quote by Kim Riddlebarger.  He writes,

Until Jesus Christ returns to raise the dead, judge the world, and make all things new, Christians will always be concerned with the future and the unfolding course of history. Our redemption draws near as the days tick away before our crucified, risen, and ascended Savior returns. But the second coming makes sense only in light of what God has already done on Calvary and in the garden tomb.

A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times (Kindle Locations 179-182). Baker Book Group. Kindle Edition.

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