Advent hope stems from Christmas: God who is faithful to his promises came once, and so we have hope that he will come again. That is our great hope: our great hope is that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again to completely establish his eternal Kingdom on earth as in heaven, for which his first coming opened the Way and his second coming will bring to completion.
Our mission is fidelity to the King and the announcement of his kingship. This fidelity and announcement have power. When one lives under the power of this kingship and kingdom, it is accompanied by signs, signs of merciful love: the hungry are fed, the thirsty have drink, the strangers are welcomed, the naked are clothed, the sick and prisoners are visited. The kingdom is breaking in, and these are the signs that it is present.
When the Lord encounters us, when we feel the Lord draw close to us—in that moment of encounter, the question is will we remain, will we abide, or will we burry it away, will we turn and walk away, will we say, “Thanks for all you do, Jesus, but don’t expect me to do anything in return”?
Why is Jesus going to come again? What does it mean that he is going to judge? What does it mean his kingdom will have no end?
“The only great tragedy in life is not to become a saint”