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ONE TRUE HOPE

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“The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth — the very thing the whole story has been about.” — C.S. Lewis

 
You may ask why I would lead with a quote from a man rather than a Bible verse for the first day of Advent. My answer would be because I relate to man more than I do Christ.

As I look back on this year, I find one of drastic ups and downs. Peaks and valleys. However you would like to phrase it, it has been just this. Truth be told, this year has been a bit of a blur. It’s been busy, largely of good things, but of many distractions. Busy full of victory and defeat. Gain and loss. And largely, I’ll admit, I’ve been reactionary.

As we enter the season of Advent, my longing is to come before the throne of Christ. To acknowledge Christ for who He is. But in the searching of my soul, I know that can’t be true until I repent. From my unbelief, from my disobedience, from trying to do it all on my own. From my sin and from by shortcomings. And there are many. You see, when things get crazy, I forget to put my face to the ground and ask for more of Jesus. Instead I get up in the morning and gather whatever strength I may have to deal with what may come that day. I forget to pray, to read His word, to allow the Holy Spirit to guide me. I become fearful, jaded, unsure, weary. I forget to FIX MY EYES.

THIS. IS. NO. WAY. TO. LIVE.

So, I repent.

Repent of my disobedience, my unbelief, and my denial that God loves every human being on this planet so much that He died on the cross. I repent of the fact that this very fact doesn’t change me so much that everybody can see it. I repent of the fact that I let human opinion run my life, that the American dream hijacks my decisions, that I say yes to the wrong things, that MY EYES JUST HAVEN’T BEEN FIXED ON JESUS.

Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and HOPE. Regardless of where you are, you are likely hoping for something. Jesus is our ultimate hope and advent is the anticipation of the coming of our savior. So now, lets set a tone of praise. For Jesus alone and for all He has done for us.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— 

who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 

who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. 

He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Psalm 103:1-8

Praise the Lord, for He is good. Praise the Lord, for He has come. Praise the Lord, for He who has gone before us. Praise the Lord who is to come.

In these coming days of advent, lets fix our eyes on Jesus. Lets praise as we know He who was and is to come. Lets celebrate in anticipation, hope and expectancy. And lets not be afraid to repent to draw near. Our God is gracious to forgive, mighty to save, and Lord above all.

Advent. Come. Expect. Anticipate. Hope. In the only name. Jesus.