Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church
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November 27, 2022 – First Sunday of Advent
Sunday’s Scripture Readings
First Reading – Isaiah 2:1–5
The prophecy says that one day all nations will stream to the mountain of the Lord. It is difficult to not imagine Jesus on the mountain with his disciples gathered around to hear his teaching. The day is coming when not just a few disciples will gather on the that holy mountain. In that day, all nations will bow before him and walk in his light. In that day, he will judge the nations, and there will be peace on earth. Advent reminds us to call that day today. Come, let us walk in the light that is our Lord, and let us do so today.
Psalm – Psalm 122:1–9
Advent makes us all into pilgrims. The journey begins today. In the busy days before Christmas, it is time to put away worldly concerns and focus on the coming Savior. This is a time for joy instead of the stress that commonly accompanies the season in the West. What a blessed Christmas it will be when our chief concern is, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
It is time to walk in the light. Night is nearly over, and we must prepare to wake up and leave the darkness. There is no way to do so but to dress in the bright armor that is Jesus. To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is to be ready to walk in the shining light of day. Advent is a time for us to remember to get dressed up in the Lord, to conscientiously clothe ourselves with the Light of the World.
Gospel – Matthew 24:36–44
Who knows (Mark 13:32) when the end (Matt 24:13) will come and the Son of Man appear, “coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt 24:30b)? Whenever the end arrives, it will be a surprise. So, because we do not know when he will appear—because it will be at an unexpected time—we simply must be ready at all times. Advent is a time of making ready for the unexpected arrival of the Great King.