Main Point: During this first week of Advent, we turn our attention to hope found in Christ
Jesus has come and will come again
Advent is the coming or returning of Christ, both the birth of Jesus and the return of Jesus. Advent is a time to ponder how we are experiencing God with Us during the Christmas season and a time to ponder how we are waiting for Him. Hope is not just “wish,” it’s a posture of our hearts.
A child is born, a kingdom has come
Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
1 Chronicles 28:2 ESV
2 Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building.”
Psalm 99:5 ESV
5Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
Acts 7:49 ESV
49 ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
God invites us to sit with Him
Psalm 110:1 ESV
1“The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
Exodus 14:10-14 ESV
10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Psalm 23:5-6 ESV
5 “ You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
My hope is in Christ and in the Kingdom of God that He has already established on earth as it is in Heaven. I will recline next to Jesus at the table that He has prepared in the presence of my enemies.