St Aubyn’s 6th December 2018
Reading – Matthew 7:21-27
So the season of Advent is well and truly upon us. In less than twenty days time it will be Christmas, and if you are anything like me, there is still so much to get ready for the big day – cards to write, presents to buy, let alone the last minute shopping or the cooking of that all important dinner. But, of course, Advent is so much more than simply preparing for the celebrations of Jesus’ birth. Advent is, or should be, also a season of preparing for the return of Jesus, of looking forward and remembering the hope that it is ours in Christ.
Now I guess we all know what we have to do to get ready for Christmas Day, and there are more than enough adverts to tell us what we might have forgotten. But what do we need to do to prepare for Jesus’ return? That’s a question which perhaps we don’t ask as often as we should, because ultimately how we answer is of eternal importance. So how then do we get ready?
Well, we have to begin by recognising the simple fact that Jesus is Lord. Now I expect most if not all of us call Jesus Lord through the words we use in the service, or in the songs that we sing. It is a very familiar expression that is repeated every time we gather in worship. But just because we are accustomed to calling Jesus Lord doesn’t necessarily mean we think through what that means. It can become one of those Christian clichés that everyone thinks they understand yet no-one questions. Read the rest of this entry »