Advent: Preparing for the Presence

Advent: Preparing for the Presence Sermon Audio Here

Mat.11:2-11; Isa.35:1-10

When we hear the word “presence” around this time of year, we assume the topic is “presents”. But instead of focusing on gifts given and received, what about considering the closeness of Christ? What happens when we’re in God’s presence?

What Can We Know About God’s Presence?

The Facts of the First Advent ~ Mat.11:2-11

  • v2/3 The question: who is Jesus, really? We try to verify that we’re really in God’s presence
  • v4/6 the answer: look at changed lives
  • v7/11 the experience: pointing out that God changes lives can lead to confusion: we don’t EXPECT God’s presence to make the kind of difference He actually does

God’s presence in the present is what we see from Matthew; consider the ancient promise of His presence, from Isaiah:

The Surety of the Second Advent ~ Isa.35:1-10

  • v1/2 God’s glory will be known
  • v3/4 God’s justice will be felt
  • v5/6 God’s people will be healed
  • v7/8 God’s creation will be remade
  • v9/10 God’s family will be gathered

We have already received the first part of the promise of our salvation; the presence of Jesus, of which we’re reminded every Advent. We can also trust the surety of our salvation; the world to come with the Second Advent. Let us wait and watch for both this season.

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