Guest Speaker: Ben Witherington

December 2, 2012

Ben Witherington · Psalm 24 · Luke 2:8-20

This week, we begin the season in the church year called Advent—the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

The word "advent" means "coming." It's the season in the church when we prepare for Christ's coming. We do this by telling stories and singing carols that celebrate His birth—the first time He came into the world. And we do this by remembering His promises that He'll come again to bring both judgment and recreation, the new heaven and earth we read about in our study of Revelation.

Revelation ends with the prayer: "Come, Lord Jesus!" and Jesus' promise, "I'm coming soon." We live in a time when we're waiting for that promise to be fulfilled. How do we wait well? What do we do while we're waiting? Advent helps us with that. It helps us recognize and voice our longings. It allows us to admit that the present is difficult. It teaches us where to put our hope—in the One who came for us and who is coming for us again.

As the Apostle Paul tells us in this passage: Waiting isn't easy, but it's worth it.