Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
See the day of God appear!
Verse four of Charles Wesley’s great advent hymn – Lo! He comes with clouds descending. Wesley is recalling the redemption of the world that Jesus will bring, however also recognises that those who proclaim his glory are rejected by man. Around the world, people of faith are spurned, ridiculed or persecuted for their faith. Wesley concludes this verse with proclaiming the future appearance of God made Man.
The third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday taking its name from the Latin word Gaudete (“Rejoice”), we remember John the Baptist, who proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb of God.
We are still waiting, however the birth of Jesus is getting closer. John the Baptist foretold the arrival of Jesus. When Elizabeth’s visited Mary, John moved in her womb at the news that Mary was pregnant with Jesus. In response to this, Mary sings the Magnificat.
As Christmas gets closer, many more people will be partying. What are they celebrating? Ten days holiday? Eating and drinking too much? How many will be celebrating the birth of Jesus and what he represented?
Lord Jesus, Light of the World,
John told the people to prepare,
for you are very near.
As Christmas grows closer day by day,
help us to be ready to welcome you now.
Another link to Beth’s Blog providing you with a contrasting view during Advent.
From Beth for Advent 3 – Halfway Out Of The Darkness; in which she is taking a risk that we believe and hope. A saviour is coming!