Join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke during this Advent Season...
By Cecilia Gibbs, Assistant Principal Rock Solid Christian Academy
Luke 22: 1-71
Today our Advent reading is from Luke 22, 1-71. Luke writes about the days just before the Passover, records the plot to kill Jesus Christ, the Lord's Supper, as well as Jesus' arrest and His trial before the Sanhedrin.
After reading through this chapter I began to think more about the meaning of Advent...
“Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate His eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ's coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ's kingdom when He returns for His people." (https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/christmas/what-is-advent.html)
In these last days of Advent, may our focus to be on the Messiah and the Good News He brings to us. There is much about Advent to enjoy, but in the midst of all the festivities and preparations for Christmas, my hope is that Christ remains at the center of our lives. My prayer for us is that our hearts will be ready for the coming of Jesus!
“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and He rules with a mighty arm. See, His reward is with Hm, and His recompense accompanies Him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart…” (Isaiah 40: 9-11 NIV)