Opinion

Advent: Preparing for Christ’s Coming

During the Church’s liturgical season of Advent, we focus on the two comings of Christ. First, we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas, when Jesus was born. Second, we prepare for his second coming at the end of all time. In the Gospel Jesus reminds us to be vigilant for this second coming, so that it does not catch us off guard.

Pastor Paul Eberle

In Luke’s Gospel we read, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap…Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36) If we remain in close relationship with our loving Savior and Lord, we have no need to fear Jesus’ second coming.

Rather, we look forward to it with great hope and expectation! As a pre-school kid I would wait patiently, but excitedly, for my older siblings to come home from school. I knew it would be a great time when they came home. I would stand on top of the couch and stare out the big picture window of our farmhouse, and I just knew they were going to be coming soon and that our joy would increase. In my heart, that is how I envision Jesus’ second coming. Jesus is excited to come and meet us too.

If we are in daily conversation with him through prayer and with living faith, when we meet him in person it will be a time of joyful fulfillment. Jesus, prepare our hearts to meet you! Jesus, come quickly!