From the Desk of Pastor Asher; Thinking About the Season of Advent
11 December 2014
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NIV2010 John 1: 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning … [the] light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
John the Baptist came to “testify to the light” (John 1:7). Before we say, “That’s AWESOME!,” let us remember that light is not always a welcome thing because light illuminate things; light can illuminate messes and piles of dirt. One of the reasons that dimmer switches are so popular is because they make it easy to hide dust, debris, dirty dishes, make stains disappear, and give rooms an aura of mystery as our imagination fills in where the light no longer shines.
When we allow God into our lives, things that hold us back are illuminated and can become painfully obvious. The Holy Spirit helps us to overcome the things that hold us back, and empowers us to move forward.
Every time that we celebrate the Holy Communion we affirm the mystery of our faith that Christ came to live among us during his first Advent 2000 years ago, died, rose on Easter Sunday, that his Holy Spirit is among us today, and some day in the future he will come again during his second Advent. It means that one day, all that you and I think, say, reflect on, believe and do will meet the light of God. All truth will be known and all will be revealed.
Knowing that God is coming back, all of us need some tidying up. All of us have unmet obligations, broken promises, and unresolved conflicts in our lives that need tending to; sometimes we refer to these as “skeletons in our closet.” The Advent season is the time of preparation during which we are urged to turn up the dimmer switch on our lives and make necessary course corrections before it is too late.