Sunday, December 08, 2019

Second Sunday of Advent: A Candle of Patience

LEFC Family Advent Readings: Waiting for the Messiah to Come
Psalm 130:5-8 :: December 8, 2019
Week #2: Patience

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

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


Our first candle was a candle of confidence.

Believers throughout the ages have always been able to fully trust in the coming of the Messiah because God always keeps His promises. His words will never pass away.


Our second candle is a candle of patience.

Though God’s people had confidence in God’s promises, their confidence was often tried and tested. They had to wait a long long time for the Messiah to arrive!

Centuries passed. Kings came, and kings went away. Some kings brought some rescue, but all kings disappointed in many ways. For thousands of years, the Messiah did not come. And yet the people of God waited patiently.

The psalmist expressed this heart of patience.

[READ PSALM 130:5-8]

And that patience was rewarded. The Messiah has come in Jesus Christ and brought redemption through His blood.

Yet now we are called again to wait patiently for His return. Many centuries have passed once more. We wait in anticipation like watchmen for the morning for the return of Christ. We know that He is coming, but we do not know when.

So we wait, and we wait some more.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.