Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
Mark 13:24-27, 35-37
“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”
In the book, “Advent in Narnia” the writer talks about this season of watching and waiting in two directions. The first, we are watching and waiting for the birth of Jesus, as the wisemen and shepherds did so long ago. Secondly, as Christians we are also watching and waiting for Christ to return. These two events are and will be drastically different, the baby Jesus arrives sweetly in a humble stable surrounded by pure love. The Bible tells us that Christ’s return will be will have power, earthquakes, angels and judgment. As we look at the Narnia story we find that the inhabitants of Narnia are waiting and longing for Aslan’s rerun for a very long time. The expectation is contagious to all hopeful Narnian’s and to the Pevensie children, eventually.
Below are Bible references from the Old and New Testament about Jesus’ birth and His second coming.
Daniel 7:1-28 ESV
Questions for Reflection:
• What are ways you can “keep awake” to justice this Advent? You might consider choosing a particular cause that speaks to your heart, praying for the people involved, or donating to a related charity.
• What are ways you can “keep awake” to hope? You might consider making a list of things you worry about and writing next to each worry a hope you see for change and healing.
• What are ways you can “keep awake” to love? You might consider prayerfully picturing yourself, a loved one, or even someone you consider an enemy, surrounded by a warm light of love and grace.
Daniel 7:1-28 ESV