Life, the Universe, and Everything, from the Outside In

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parousiaPsalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Old Testament: Isaiah 64:1-9
Gospel: Mark 13:24-37
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Advent means Coming!  Jesus’ Coming!
From the days of the Apostolic Fathers this was a season set aside to prepare ourselves for His Return.  The Christmas is very recent, and maybe not the best idea.
What does it mean that He is coming?
Ac 1:6-12
Not as He came before, as a helpless babe, and a wandering rabbi,
but as He left:  in glory, with all power and authority in power, to deliver, to judge, and to deliver judgment…..
Where is He coming to?
Jerusalem, real space/time location for a real space/time return as only befits His real, space/time Incarnation.
When will this take place?
“No man knows…” but we know,
The Judgment will be in two phases, first the redeemed, then the lost, and,
So also His Coming, first to claim His bride, and then His actual Return to reclaim His world.
There will be a judgment, then to reward His faithful children, and then a judgment to sentence the sinners.  Advent is a time to reflect, to search our own hearts and lives before God, which judgment are we headed for.
it is not His will for the Church to be caught unawares.
How will it happen, and how will we know?
Every eye shall see.  No “secret comings” or “hidden resurrections” like certain heretic cults have claimed.
We will see Him face-to-face, and in seeing, be transformed.
Why is He coming, and why do we need to make ourselves ready?  He is coming,
To make all things new (He is coming to make all things new.  Are we, by His grace, making all things new in our lives  today?)
To put wrong to right, (ditto, this)
To establish an eternal Kingdom of righteousness on this earth (and this)
And all this is just the beginning!
Seeing things through kingdom glasses, understanding things in light of God’s revelation to us, waiting for when we can see with kingdom eyes, by the light of God!
Is there anything in this world we can rely on? Anything that will survive as long as we will?  How can we depend on something that is so temporary, that we will be around long after what we trusted in has rotted away?
Jesus said, “fear not, little flock, (etc),” and warned us, “what profit is there if a man gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”
(read) 2 Peter 3:1-13


Written by Robert Easter

Saturday, 29 November, 2008 at 17:18

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Does this mean you’re moving to the WordPress world? If so, welcome! And Happy New Year.

    Don Warrington

    Thursday, 1 January, 2009 at 15:19

    • Hey, Don!

      Yeah, I ‘ve had this page for a good while, just had all my links already set for the other one. Got a bit of an attitude for a while with Blogger when they rated the fog level on my articles and figured that had to be spam. Sometimes took a few retries to get past their gotcha codes to get a post in. Yeah, though, some of the stuff I’ve written was pretty crappy..!

      But wordpress, blogger, or whatever (especially if it’s free), any publicity is good publicity, they say!

      Blessings on you in this coming year!

      Robert Easter

      Thursday, 1 January, 2009 at 18:11

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