A first step in Advent is to recognize our need for a Savior and long for His appearing. With the Psalmist we should pray “Your face, Lord, will I seek.” And with Isaiah, we must yearn for Him in the night and long for Him in the morning. Although many psalmists and prophets of Israel longed for the coming of a Savior, they did not meet Him in person. However, they trusted that God would send a Savior in due time. We should be assured that their trust in the future coming of a Savior brought them salvation.
When Jesus came, however, many of Israel’s leaders did not recognize Him. They rejected His Gospel of peace and crucified Him. Many of those who rejected Jesus were later convinced of their need for a Savior by the witness of His followers. They asked, “What must we do to be saved?” Those who did repent and believe came to a personal knowledge of the Savior and received His salvation, as recorded in the second chapter of Acts.
During this Christmas season, we too must long for God’s continuing salvation and expect to daily receive Him into our hearts and lives. Having received Him, we must proclaim His Gospel of peace, so that others may experience the coming of Jesus in their own hearts.
LET US PRAY
Lord help us to long for You to come into our hearts and lives in a new and fresh way this Christmas season. May we recognize You and fully accept Your Gospel of peace. Help us to proclaim that Gospel so that others may satisfy their longing for a Savior. Amen.
John Burton (middle) is a retired professor of physics. He and his wife Patsy have four children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. During this season of Advent, he is most looking forward to being inspired by family gatherings and Christmas music.