When I was a child in school, one of the things that the teacher taught us was how to tell time. We had a big cardboard clock which would allow the teacher to move the hands so that we could learn to tell time. The small hand on the clock tells you the hour and the big hand tells you the minutes. Do you know how to tell time using a clock like this? If the big hand is on twelve and the little hand is on four, what time is it? That’s right it is four o’clock. Most of us don’t use a clock like this anymore, most of us use a digital clock. A digital clock tells you both the hour and the minutes using numbers, such as 11:15. That’s much easier, isn’t it?
No matter what kind of clock we use, most of us look at it many times each day to check to see what time it is. If we know how to tell time, we look at the clock to see if it is almost time for school to be over. Or we look to see it it is time for our favorite television show. Sometimes we look and notice it is past our bedtimes, and we hope our parents wont see so we can stay up and play a little longer!
This Sunday marks the beginning of a very special TIME called Advent. Do you know what Advent means? The dictionary says that advent is “the coming of something very important.”
Can you tell me what is coming that is so special? CHRISTMAS!
Yes, we are looking forward to that, the birth of Jesus is very special.
But did you know we are looking forward to the coming of another very important event?
It is The return of Jesus!
The Bible says….No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only GOD the Father. So you also must be ready, because the Jesus, will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
” Wow! If we don’t know when he is coming, how are we going to be ready?
By doing the things that Jesus would want us to be doing — loving one another, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. If we are doing those things, we will be ready when he comes.
Come to think of it, those are also the very same things that we should be doing to get ready for the celebration of Christmas! Instead of thinking about what we are going to get, we should be thinking about what we can give.
Dear Jesus, we look forward to the day when you return. Help us to live in such a way that we will be ready when you come. Amen.