Watch In Expectation
Pastor Bill, “Thus Advent is always about arrival. In this season of anticipation and joy about the coming of the Lord as a Babe, we are watching in expectation of His return at the end of the age. In the intervening years between these events, Advent is a reminder to watch for His coming in our daily lives, seeking to always be awakened to His voice and presence, and carriers of His good news with power to all we touch.
We know that in our nation for the last few years there is a war on Christmas. No matter how you commercialize it, sanitize it, or try to secularize it, Christmas is about a Person, Jesus Christ. The opposition to all things Christmas is opposition to the Anointed One, Christos, the Christ child that was born in Bethlehem. As we celebrate this day, we are participating in the prophecy of Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…” (Isaiah 9:2). Christmas is always about hope and salvation. The world is sitting in darkness, but there is a promise always of His Light.
Last year in her Christmas address to the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II made a proclamation of the Gospel that is a prophetic sign. While many nations are replacing “Christmas” with “holiday” and banning all reference to Christ, she spoke over all of England and the Commonwealth:
God sent into the world a unique Person – neither a philosopher or a general – important though they may be – but a Savior, with the power to forgive…
In the last verse of this beautiful carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, there’s a prayer:
O Holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us we pray
Cast out our sin
And enter in
Be born in us today
It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord. And not only on Christmas Day BUT everyday of our lives!
The words spoken by Isaiah fulfilled that first Christmas night continue to come alive through all who share His light. We believe that even now we are in a season of visitation. God is giving us signs that we are in a time of visitation. It may be invisible in the crowding darkness, but those who are watching in expectation can see.”