“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49.6)
“’Come, Lord Jesus.’ Church often recite this prayer during the Advent liturgy. But why would we pray for the Lord’s coming when he has already been born among us? This is the paradox of the season: advent is a time of tension between the already and the not yet. While we anticipate the coming of Christ in Bethlehem, we also look forward to his second coming at the end of time. The first advent point to the last…
While we wait for Christ to come in glory, we enter into a sense of expectant hope articulated by the prophet Isaiah… Christian theologians interpret these Scriptures as prophetic of Jesus: he is the Messiah, the one who was promised. But we are also to understand Isaiah in an eschatological sense—his words speak to God’s second advent… Clearly in our fallen world is still yearning for a savior; all things are not as they should be. During Advent we dwell in that space between the promise and fulfillment, praying for the Lord Jesus to ‘come.’” (G. Pennoyer, God With Us)
Waiting and praying for Jesus to come again is a way of life filled with joyful anticipation. While listening to “Joy to the World” (click here), write down prayers to the Lord expressing this joy of advent.