Happy Christian New Year! Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the church year. Advent is a time of penitence and preparation for the coming of the Lord. We remember the coming of Jesus to earth as a baby. We celebrate the coming of Christ into our own hearts and lives when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. We look forward to the Second Coming of Christ, when He will come again in glory at the end of time.
Psalm 122 (NASB)
1 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
3 Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
4 To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For there thrones were set for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
When Jesus comes again, we will join the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost in the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God. There Jesus will judge the living and dead. During Advent, we prepare ourselves through prayer, Scripture, and meditation for that great day, the day He will come in glory.
Lord, we thank You and bless You that You invite us to go into Your house. During Advent, we prepare for the day when we will dwell in the heavenly Jerusalem with You and Your Blessed Son. We eagerly await the Second Advent of Jesus, knowing that while His First Advent was as a helpless and humble baby, his Second Advent will be filled with power and strength and majesty and glory. Cleanse our hearts as we make preparation for that great day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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