Advent is upon us

Advent is upon us … and with each Advent season, my sensitivities to the tension of the ‘already but not yet’ are heightened greatly.

Each year during Advent / Christmas we celebrate the coming of Jesus to earth ~ His birth ~ (an event that has already happened), while simultaneously calling out to this same man, Jesus, to come again! You’ll hear it in the lyrics of the songs we sing: ”Come, thou long expected Jesus,” “Oh come, oh come Emmanuel,” and “Come, Messiah, King!”

In celebration of what has already happened (Jesus’ birth), there is an intense longing for the return of the King. We know that with His return will be the administration of perfect justice. And in this tension of the ‘already but not yet,’ in the waiting for His return, and realizing to a small degree the ‘justice’ that will come, and knowing His beautiful and most perfect heart, we can say with all surety, “We trust you, Jesus.”

Please come, Messiah King!
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