Advent is a time of waiting – for children waiting for gifts and goodies, for adults – family to be together, celebration, food and sometimes just waiting for the chaos of the season to be over. But this year let us wait expectantly not for things but for a God in the form of a human, Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 25 Jesus tells a story to illustrate an important point about waiting and watching for his second advent.
Read the story in Matthew 25:1-13.
Matthew 25:1-13New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
On this side of Jesus’ first appearance the first advent can easily slip into a remembrance of what has happened with little expectation of what will be. But I suggest that the celebration and remembrance of the first advent of Jesus is inextricably linked to the expectation of His second advent. Our waiting this season and every year provides us a crucial reminder that we await the return of Christ into our world again physically and receive him in our hearts daily.
This yearly ritual of waiting and watching for Christmas reminds of our ongoing waiting and watching for the promised return of Christ. We are a visited planet – God has come to us. Let us wait and watch for His light to shine in our hearts.
This Advent season we have planned daily Bible readings about the light. Follow the link to our pintrest page to find directions for making/setting up an Advent spiral. Everyday light a candle at your Bible reading time and watch the light grow all the way till Christmas. Move Mary and the donkey along the spiral everyday.
This blog will also include a daily devotion for Adults and an additional devotional activity for children to go along with the reading of the day. Advent begins on December 3rd this year. If you made the spiral for the 25 days of December start lighting on the first of December instead of December 3.
Blessings on your Advent journey,