Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4 - Advent

Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C

Psalm 90

2 Samuel 7:18-29

Revelation 22:12-16

Today’s Reflection:

One reason we remain in such anticipation of the coming of Christ is the personal nature of the relationship. The prayer of David and the revelations of Christ both remind us that the foundation of the faith comes through the connection we have directly with God.

 

David repeatedly invokes the promises from God in the connection between him, the people, and God. David’s recollections connected the relationship as mutually beneficial. As God’s grace flowed on the Israelites, they remained superior to the nations around them, and their gods. The more the Israelites followed God’s direction, the more they were blessed: the more they were blessed, the more other’s recognized God’s hand in it.

 

Jesus’s revelation in Revelation promises a similar future for those of us who follow him. We anticipate his return and by doing as directed until that day, we prepare for the rewards to come when he establishes his eternal kingdom. Keeping it personal fuels the joy of anticipation at his return.

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