Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 24:1-13; 1 John 1:1-2:14

Daughter of Zion, behold, surely your salvation is coming. The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and you shall have gladness of heart. (From the Introit for the Second Sunday in Advent)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Advent means “He comes.” What is coming? Salvation is coming! Your Lord Jesus is coming!

The King is coming! Get ready! Make ready! Clean up your house. Fill in the holes in your life—those potholes that mark your way that you always mean to fix but always put off until tomorrow. Knock down the mountains of sin in your life. You don’t have any more time to get things right. The Lord Jesus is coming!

That’s Advent! Advent is the season where the Lord celebrates for us His coming. He is coming in the manger on Christmas. He’s born to ride into Jerusalem and to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. He’s going to shake the heavenly bodies when He comes in the clouds of heaven on the Last Day. He’s coming to you tomorrow in His gifts: His Word, water with the Word, and His Body and Blood under the bread and wine at His Supper.

He makes us ready for His coming by cleaning up our lives. He exposes our sin—the hills and the valleys. He makes everything straight so that we can be nothing but given to by Him when He comes to save us! That’s the season of Advent!

Repent! That’s the violet of the season of Advent. Turn from your sins. Get ready. Make ready. Don’t wait any longer to fix your relationships. Repent to your family, friends, and neighbors. Make up like it’s the end of the world—it just might be.

Jesus is coming. You will hear His voice. He won’t be grumpy and angry. He will show you His happy face. For He will save you from your fears, from your troubles, from your failures, and from your death. He will speak to you kindly. He will comfort you. He will make it all better. How could He not? He went through hell and death to save you. 

Jesus is coming! Salvation is adventing! You’re going to be just fine. No, better yet, you’ll be saved! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Jacob like a flock Restore us, O God; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! Return, we beseech You, O God of Hosts, look down from heaven and see. Let Your hand be upon the Man of Your right hand, upon the Son of Man whom You made strong for Yourself. (From the Introit for the Second Sunday in Advent)

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