PASTOR BOB’S MESSAGE
 
 
 
 
 

Growing up in a completely secular family, our spiritual traditions have incredible meaning to me.  Advent, which began last Sunday, is one of those special traditions I knew nothing about. The word Advent originates from a Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming” or “arrival.” Advent Season is  focused on preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ in all ways, from His birth in the past to His Second Coming in the future, as the Messiah. 

 

Advent is a meaningful season that reminds us of the reality of Jesus Christ and that He has come and He is present in our world and lives. The birth of Jesus is worth celebrating   because it reveals His human side and is therefore an example of how we should live our own lives as his followers here on earth. In the Second Coming, Jesus will appear in His full glory and it will perfect and complete our community and identity as His people. It is during this time that we can finally be united with Him and spend eternity with Him in     heaven. Advent acknowledges these two significant events in our lives as Christians. It is a time for us to look back to Christ’s birth and celebrate His second coming. In the period between these two important events, we are to discover and fulfill our God-given purpose. There is much more than the amazing virgin birth to celebrate. The spirit of Advent Season is best illustrated in the Parable of the Ten

Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-14“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’

 

But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know  neither the day nor the hour.​ The five wise virgins in the story were so consumed by their joyful anticipation of the bridegroom’s arrival that they were very thorough in their preparations and brought oil with their lamps. The five foolish ones, on the other hand, were ill prepared and neglected their duties. As a   result of their lukewarm devotion, they were unable to join the bridegroom when he finally arrived. The   season of Advent is the perfect reminder for us to stay focused on Jesus and remember that our earthly journey is only temporary

 

Our hearts and souls must be ready when the Lord returns. Like the wise virgins in the story, we must stay faithful, vigilant and totally consumed by our  devotion to Him. As followers of Christ, we need to strengthen our personal relationship with Him. It is through this bond that we can live in joyful

anticipation of His arrival. (Adapted – various sources)

 

I love Advent!