Advent, Week 2, Monday – Hope-Filled Anticipation

Monday, Week 2
Hope-Filled Anticipation

Scripture Readings for this week
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
    2 Peter 3:8-15a
    Mark 1:1-8

    The scriptures for this week each describe the anticipation and preparation of the coming of the Lord. Isaiah speaks with comfort of the coming of the Lord as things are made right. The psalmist speaks of the glory and peace that comes with the Lord. Mark tells about John’s call to urgently declare the coming of Jesus. And Peter writes of the final coming of Jesus when there will be a “home of righteousness.” All are pointing toward future events of hope and peace.
What is it that brings us comfort by looking toward the future? Is it really the future that brings us comfort or is it the hope of the present? In finding hope in the present, we see hope in the future.
    At this point of the advent season, we look at John the Baptist’s role of declaring the coming of Christ. John spent his life declaring the coming of Jesus. He did so by not only declaring his coming but also by declaring the hope that would accompany his coming. In many ways, this is the command on our lives to declare hope. As followers of Christ we are becoming Christ-like. We are becoming Christians. Therefore, we are pointing toward Christ and his kingdom. We point toward the one who will make things right.
    The psalmist writes in this weeks reading about the coming of the Lord and how he will come. “Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps” (v.13). We are that righteousness that prepares the way for the Lord. We are the ones that point toward hope by bringing hope.
    So as we wait for hope and peace in the future, let us not forget why we find hope in the future. We find hope in the future because of the hope we have found in the present. Yes, we wait, but we wait with action. We prepare with justice. We proclaim with mercy. We live with hope.

Brad Berryhill

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One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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