Third Sunday of Advent.

Advent is a time when the church traditionally celebrates the coming of Christ–His past coming (in the Incarnation) and His future coming (as the reigning King), and also His present coming, His drawing near to us in the here and now. We remember that He comes to redeem us, to make us His, to make us better. And the funny thing is that He often comes to us when we’re at our lowest, right? When it feels like He’s been playing Jenga with our lives, and everything falls apart, and then He comes to build us back up again. It’s amazing.

He came to live the perfect life and die the perfect death for you. He comes near to you to love and sanctify you. He will come again to redeem our fallen bodies and earth.

Rejoice.

Comfort, comfort ye My people,
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness,
Mourning ’neath their sorrow’s load;
Speak ye to Jerusalem
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell her that her sins I cover,
And her warfare now is over.

For the herald’s voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Bidding all men to repentance,
Since the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet Him,
And the hills bow down to greet Him.

Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdeed;
All that well deserved His anger
He will no more see nor heed.
She has suffered many a day,
Now her griefs have passed away,
God will change her pining sadness
Into ever springing gladness.

Make ye straight what long was crooked,
Make the rougher places plain:
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits His holy reign,
For the glory of the Lord
Now o’er the earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token
That His Word is never broken.

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