As we come to the third Sunday of Advent, we are reminded of the joy that comes from the nearing Advent of our Savior.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you;triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” (Zechariah 9:9-10)

We are also to look with joy towards Christ’s promise of an eventual second Advent.

“At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” (Mark 13: 26-27)

Advent is meaningful not only because it looks to a hope fulfilled long ago, but also because it challenges us to look and prepare for the hope of the world to come.

Come Lord Jesus!