Why we need a second Advent – Advent 2022, Week 4, Part 5

Editor’s Note: This post is written by guest blogger, David Hundert. David is a current Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary.

As we conclude our observance of Advent 2022, did you know we need a second advent?

The need for the second advent is twofold. First, in 2 Peter 3:8-9 we read,

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

The Lord delays his return so that all who have not yet received his Son by faith, have the opportunity to. The Lord doesn’t want any to perish without having had the chance.

The second reason is inherent in the words of John the Baptist. We must prepare the way. It is our responsibility to let others know that the conquering King is coming again. He will be making His victory tour, and they too need to be ready.

There are those who may ask, “If there is a God, why hasn’t he come back yet?” They will believe in Him when they see Him, but by then, it will be too late. We can celebrate, because the one that intercedes on our behalf, has paid that price, but as Scripture says, we need to count the cost. We were paid for with a price, and that price is simply to let others know about Him. It’s not our job to convince them, but it is our job to tell them. We are to call others back into right relationship with God.

Going back to the original metaphor, preparing the way for the Lord means we give our lives to Jesus Christ, we lay them at His feet, we’ve asked Him to plow the fields of our hearts so that the Holy Spirit can do it’s work within us. However, this being said, the task of preparing the way for the Lord doesn’t end there.

As we celebrate Advent, we are celebrating that which has happened, and that which is to come. There will be a second coming. Are you ready? Are you ready for His return? A long time ago, I heard a pastor ask, “If the Lord returned right now, and knocked on your door, would you immediately let him in, or would you leave him at the doorstep because there are things you need to ‘tidy up’ first?”

What about all those in our lives, that aren’t as fortunate, and don’t know Him? First I would ask, if they look at you and the way you live, can they tell there’s a difference? I heard another pastor ask, “If you were to be arrested and charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” What are we doing, to prepare the way for the Lord in their lives? Are you praying for them? Are you sharing the gospel with them?

If you’ve never made a commitment to Jesus or have no idea what that means, please feel free to comment below. We know that in ourselves, our very best isn’t good enough. We need more. We need something else. We need someone to intercede on our behalf.

How can we have that peace on earth spoken of by the angel to the shepherds? By accepting through faith what was given, and telling others about Him, giving them the opportunity to do the same. That truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

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