Monday of the First Week of Advent
The first week of Advent is a perfect opportunity to remember why we celebrate the season of Christmas and helps us prepare.
Jesus makes you ready today for His coming to you by giving you His name!
Thank God! Jesus is our justice before God. He is our holiness before God. He’s our salvation! He’s our heaven. He is our righteousness!
He is the Savior of the Nations Come!
It is Jesus that saves us. Why is this Gospel so comforting? Think about it. That means we are NOT called by our own righteousness, we are not judged on what we do or NOT do. It is NOT how Holy we are, we do NOT EARN righteousness or the gift of heaven.
For goodness sake we each one of us had to daily earn the right to go to heaven we never would. We sin daily. Yes. In what we say, do and don’t do. Think about it. Just think about the 10 Commandments.
Thou Shall Not Covet
During December we are guilty of coveting and sin on a daily basis. With every Christmas toy commercial kids learn what they “should” have and they often beg and beg for the hottest toys of the year.
What is our reply “You will have to ask Santa…” Does it sound familiar?
As adults, we want the new big screen high definition television, a new car, and the list can go on. We are jealous of the magnificent Christmas decorations on our neighbors’ house.
We try and outdo the Joneses on everything. Want, want, want and want some more. More under the tree, the bigger the better.
During the rest of the year, we want the better job, we want better pay, we want a nicer house, car, tv, etc, etc. Even if we don’t say it out loud, we sometimes say it in our heads. WOW!!
Where does sin lead us?
The unsatisfactory nature of coveting makes us not appreciate what we have? It can make us bitter, jealous, spiteful, and angry.
Sin leads to other sins. Coveting leads to talking about others (gossip – though shall not bear false testimony), leads to being angry, and defying your parents (honor your Father and your Mother). Sin spirals into more sin.
But Jesus saves us all sin. Simple.
Our sins died with Jesus on Good Friday. They were buried with Him. He is righteous before God for us.
His coming this Christmas reminds us that we are washed in His righteousness, NOT our own.
Remembering this may not eliminate ALL the want, want, want mentality. But during this first week of Advent, it may just make us pause and think about what we NEED.
Reflections the First Monday of Advent
Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 23: 5-8
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 10: 8-12:27,3-34; 2 Peter 1: 1-21
Links to follow the First Week of Advent
- Higher Things: Dare to Be Lutheran – The First Monday of Advent
- Trinity Lutheran Church: First Sunday of Advent Sermon (listen to audio here)
Tomorrow I will share another of my favorite hymns for Advent Season: Prepare the Royal Highway