Sunday, December 01, 2019

First Sunday of Advent: A Candle of Confidence

LEFC Family Advent Readings: Waiting for the Messiah to Come
John 4:25-26, Matthew 24:35 :: December 1, 2019
Week #1: Confidence

“Advent” means “coming.” Christmas is coming. Jesus has come and is coming again.

Advent is a season of anticipation. As we anticipate the coming of Christmas, we remember how the people of God waited for centuries for their Messiah to arrive. And even now we anticipate the Messiah’s return.

During this year’s Advent season, we will meditate on how faithful believers have always waited for the Messiah and how we should anticipate His coming today.

Our first candle is candle of confidence.


Faithful believers have always fully trusted in God’s promise of a Messiah.

The Old Testament overflows with strong and mysterious promises of a ruler who will come to rescue his people. And throughout the centuries his people waited with full assurance that he would come and bring each promise to fulfillment.

When Jesus met the woman at the well, she declared her confidence.

[READ JOHN 4:25-26]

The woman’s confidence was well placed. Jesus was the promised Messiah come to save His people!

But His first coming was not His last.

Jesus has told us that He is coming again. So now like the men and women of old, we wait with confidence in His promises which are certain and sure.

When He prophesied of His return, our Lord Jesus assured us, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Today, let us renew our faith in the certainty of His promises and wait with full confidence in His unfading words.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.