Advent celebrates peace

We live in the already, not yet time and sometimes it’s confusing. It is the ‘already time’ because Jesus 1st Advent – his incarnation already blessed us. It is the ‘not yet time’ because we are still waiting for his return, the second advent of Christ.

In the ‘already’ Jesus was conceived by God in the virgin girl, Mary. He is 100% God and 100% human so as to accomplish his many great works. He fulfilled over 600 OT prophesies, was tempted as we are, yet did not sin, died for us, rose and now sits at the right hand of the throne of grace. He brought peace. It is ‘not yet’ because we are waiting for his promised return.

In Colossians we are reminded of the greatness of Jesus peacemaking on our behalf.

1:15-16 Jesus is the eternal Creator. We can trust him because he is greater than all our circumstances.

1:17-18 Jesus gives us life and he is our head, we can trust him and give him our lives.

1:19-20 Jesus is the peacemaker. He made peace with God possible to we who are naturally rebellious (Genesis 3:15).

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:19-20, ESV)

May we daily remind ourselves of the greatness of Jesus as we abide, marinate, soak up the reminders found in the word of God.

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