First Sunday in Advent
Luke 19:28-40; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Jeremiah 33:14-16
The major theme for this first Sunday in Advent is “Hope”. It is worth remembering what sets a Christian hope apart from what we naturally desire and look forward to. Our hopes for good weather, sound health, safe travel, etc. are fundamentally uncertain because they are based on things we cannot predict or be sure of. Christian hope is sure and certain because it is based on the never-fail promises of God’s Word. This hope is like the anchor of the soul, holding us steady through every storm.
The Israelites saw their hopes realized in flesh and blood when Jesus made his royal entry into Jerusalem. Here is our one true King bringing peace and salvation through his blood (Luke 19). In Jesus, God was keeping a promise made long ago through the prophets, that a Son of David would bring eternal security to His people (Jer 33). Saint Paul prays in our epistle that we might “increase and abound in love for one another” as the day of Christ’s return draws near (1 Thess 3). This hope for a more sanctified life, because it is the work of the Holy Spirit, is yet another “sure and certain hope” to which we should cling.