The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land for ever, the shoot of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.
The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it.
Advent is a season of watchful waiting and anticipation, but we do well to make certain that we know what it is that we await. We must be certain that we do not spend our lives waiting for what is now here at hand.
Our brightness is now. Jesus is not scheduled to become our light, later! Goodness, we would be in the most serious trouble if His Spirit was planning to come to us … in time … eventually. No! It is by the Holy Spirit of God that we are born again to newness of life.
If we were to leave this planet before the New Year, it would be that same Spirit who would take us with Him, one with Him, in His return to the Presence of God in heaven. It is that Holy Spirit, that nearness and that Life of God, by which Jesus assured us that He would, following His death and resurrection, come again to us in this life, here, and now, so that we may live. (John 14:15-18)
By His Word and His redemption, our sun will no more go down … what an Advent celebration that is!
photo by Andre’ Karwath
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