Sunday, December 20, 2015

Phillips: the message of Advent

Sunday, December 20, 2015
    Advent IV
    So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
    —Galatians 4:3-5 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    While we continue to pray and work for the spread of the kingdom in this transitory world, we know that its center of gravity is not here at all. When God decides that the human experiment has gone on long enough, yes, even in the midst of what appears to us confusion and incompleteness, Christ will come again. This is what the New Testament teaches. This is the message of Advent. It is for us to be alert, vigilant and industrious, so that his coming will not be a terror but an overwhelming joy.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Good News: Thoughts on God and Man, New York: Macmillan, 1963, p. 160 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 4:3-5; Gen. 49:10; Dan. 2:44; Matt. 24:42; Mark 13:33; Luke 12:35-36; 21:36; Eph. 1:9-10; 1 Thess. 5:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, awaken my expectation of Your return.
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