Saturday after the Second Sunday of Advent

Psalm 33:16–22, Luke 21:25–28, Titus 2:13–3:7 (read online ⧉)

Waiting is hard. The psalmist is waiting for . The psalmist grasps the that an army—no matter how big and ful—will not a soul. Such an army might the wellbeing, but wellbeing is not the ultimate goal of ’s salvation. Often will on our circumstances. That doesn’t reduce the importance of the in salvation. It ually emphasizes it. The other—perhaps more important—piece is that the saving is a moment in time, while salvation is and timeless. That salvation is both a moment in time (i.e., when we “were d”) and is ongoing (i.e., we are still being and will continue being d) is at the heart of understanding ’s own nature.

When Jesus “arrived”, the people were waiting for the Messiah. Some were waiting in optimism (i.e., “wouldn’t it be nice if the Messiah showed up?”). Others were waiting in hope (i.e, “ has d us before. will us a.”). While Jesus was walking on the Earth, he conveyed that (such as we just read) that his time then was, even as Messiah, a foreshadowing of his final , which would unite all of Creation with . So, even while fulfilling the hopes of the Messiah, there was still more to come! There was still more to wait for!

Paul understands this as he refers to his “present age” with the acknowledgement that Jesus would . Paul had missed Jesus on Earth. Yes, he had had a -changing encounter with Jesus, but it wasn’t the same as the other Apostles had had. For Paul, Jesus’ was hope and fulfillment. As Jesus would be ing, Paul wanted everyone to be encouraged to continue on. He didn’t want them to lose heart or hope. For Paul, and any Christian, Jesus’ is always just around the corner.

1) What do you hope for? Is it hope, or is it optimistic wishing?

2) How does the timelessness of salvation affect hope?

3) Why do you think so many people concern themselves with the ex date of Jesus’ ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.