On Our Behalf – The First Day of Advent

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Today is the first day of Advent. It is a wondrous day to begin preparing for the birthday of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. This was the day when the Glory, Goodness, and Grace of the Lord were birthed in the form of a human child on our behalf.

For thousands and thousands of years, people had waited for the Messiah to come.  When he finally arrived, he did it out of his love and concern for not only them, but for us all.

Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him
. Isaiah 64:4 NIV

It is beyond our comprehension how our Lord has worked and continues to work on our behalf. Yet, He does. He is a God who considers and cares for us like none other.

On account of our need, our Savior came to embrace us with His love.

Because of our fears, our Savior came to bestow His joy and His confidence.

On the basis of our sin, our Savior came to offer His life for our salvation.

In regards to our health challenges, our Savior came to heal.

Above our torment, our Savior poured out His kindness, gentleness and favor.

Beyond our loneliness, our Savior gave His unconditional acceptance and grace.

Concerning our sadness and depression, our Savior filled us with His peace.

In spite of our lack of confidence, our Savior emboldened us with His power.

As the agent of His Father, our Savior secured our restoration and hope.

And together with our faith and trust, our Savior changed the world.

It all started outside the constraints of time. Our Savior and Lord considered us and what we needed to enjoy, be fulfilled and to be restored by an everlasting relationship with our God.

Our God’s works are wondrous!

His wondrous peace sustains!

His wondrous grace forgives!

His wondrous light directs!

His wondrous power emancipates!

His wondrous love enfolds!

His wondrous hope restores!

Today, we not only wait for the birthday of our Savior but we wait for His ultimate and glorious return. Paul knew this when he reminded the members of the church at Corinth of these words…

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10 NIV

It is a glorious and good time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child.

May our hearts, our minds, and our souls embrace the peace, light, joy, hope and restorative love of the advent of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and make ourselves ready!

Photo by the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles of Flickr

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