Advent 2014 – Week 1 Day 5

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe … ~ Hebrews 12:28
When was the last time someone or something let you down? It happens all the time, right? “Promises” made to us by politicians, employers, and even family members inevitably are broken. It’s hard to imagine life without being skeptical because of past failures and disappointments. But is there something else out there that we can hope in? An unshakable promise that we can trust? In the mid-1800s, thousands rushed across the country to California after hearing rumors that gold had been discovered. Prospectors sat on the banks of creeks and rivers, scooping up mud and dirt, hoping to find something shiny in it. They vigorously shook the pan halfway in the water, allowing the current to sweep away the sediment and leave only the heavier gold flakes and nuggets behind. The Bible talks about God’s kingdom in much the same way. When trouble comes and all other promises fall away, God’s kingdom remains unshaken, glittering at the bottom of the pan. God is fully invested in his kingdom – so much so that he sent Jesus to earth to die and save his people. God’s kingdom is coming, and it has already been revealed to us through his Son. He invites the poor in spirit, the troubled, the meek, the hungry, the shakable people of this world into his unshakable kingdom. This kind of love should not make us skeptical, because God has done and continues to do everything necessary to see his kingdom to its complete fulfillment. As the hymn Solid Rock says, “When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.” Let’s dedicate this season of thankfulness to celebrate our God who is ever loving and faithful and whose promises never fail. In Advent, we celebrate a promise that has been fulfilled in the past, but that we also hope and wait for in the future. The advent of Jesus was the first part of God’s kingdom of heaven being brought to earth. This kingdom will be filled with people redeemed from their sins. That is exactly why Jesus came and was born in the flesh – to redeem sinners! We know that the advent of Jesus accomplished this in the past, and we can confidently put our hope in the promise that he will return again, this time to restore all of his creation. For both the past and the future, we celebrate this Advent season.