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Summary: May we remember to ’stand guard’ and ’stay alert’ in not only mind, heart and soul, but in the way we live out our faith.

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“HAPPY NEW YEAR!” YES, TODAY IS THE BEGINNING OF A BRAND NEW YEAR…FOR THE CHURCH. THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SEASON.

ALONG WITH THE DAWNING OF A NEW SEASON AND NEW YEAR COMES THE ANTICIPATION OF STARTING FRESH, STARTING OVER, MAKING CHANGES AND EXPECTATING BETTER DAYS AHEAD.

THE MARKING OF A NEW YEAR WITHIN THE CHURCH BEGINS WITH THE CELEBRATION OF ADVENT WHICH STARTS TODAY. ADVENT IS THE FOUR WEEKS AND SUNDAYS THAT LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25TH.

THE WORD "ADVENT" IS LATIN MEANING "COMING” OR “TO COME TO.”THE SEASON OF ADVENT IS NOT ONLY A REMINDER FOR US TO START PREPARING TO CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT JESUS HAS ALREADY COME ONCE BY BIRTH AS A BABY, BUT TO BE IN PREPARATION FOR HIS SECOND COMING. THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST IS WHEN HE RETURNS IN FINAL VICTORY AS THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

SO, ADVENT MUST BE A TIME OF CONTINUAL PREPARATION. IT IS MORE THAN JUST HEAD-KNOWLEDGE TO “KNOW” THAT CHRIST WILL RETURN “ONE DAY” OUT IN THE UNKNOWN FUTURE.

IT IS LIVING WITH THE SAME CONCEPT OF BEING IN THE MILITARY: ALWAYS BE “ON GUARD.” WE MUST “STAND THE WATCH,” “BE ON ALERT” AND LIVE OUR LIVES IN CONSTANT EXPECTATION THAT JESUS WILL COME AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT.

ACTUALLY…WE WHO HAVE OR ARE SERVING IN THE MARINES, NAVY AND ARMY SHOULD ALL BE PRETTY GOOD AT MEMORIZING AND RECITING WHAT IS CONTAINED IN OUR “GENERAL ORDERS” 2 AND 11.

AS A FORMER MARINE, I CAN ATTEST TO GENERAL ORDER 2 THAT STATES “TO WALK MY POST IN A MILITARY MANNER, KEEPING ALWAYS ON THE ALERT AND OBSERVING EVERYTHING THAT TAKES PLACE WITHIN SIGHT OR HEARING.” THE FIRST PART OF GENERAL ORDER 11, WARNS ME “TO BE ESPECIALLY WATCHFUL AT NIGHT.”

THE ARMY IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT AS THE FIRST PART OF GENERAL ORDER 1 SAYS “I WILL GUARD EVERYTHING WITHIN THE LIMITS OF MY POST.”THE SAME IS TRUE FOR OUR AIRMEN. ALTHOUGH THE AIR FORCE DOES NOT HAVE “GENERAL ORDERS,” OUR AIRMEN DO RECITE IN THE “AIRMAN’S CREED” THAT “I AM AN AMERICAN AIRMAN, GUARDIAN OF FREEDOM AND JUSTIC. SO, NO MATTER WHEN, WHERE OR TIME OF DAY, WE ARE TO ALWAYS BE ON GUARD!

THIS IS WHY ADVENT IS HERE TO REMIND US TO BE “ON GUARD” BY NOT ONLY KEEPING OUR HEART, MIND AND SOUL READY AT ALL TIMES, BUT TO ALWAYS LIVE SPIRITUALLY ON THE ALERT.

ONE PARTICULAR PART OF OUR SCRIPTURE PASSAGE TODAY IN VERSES 32-27 GIVES US A GLIMPSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING WATCH AND STANDING GUARD FOR THE COMING OF JESUS.

FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THE MOST OBVIOUS IN VERSE 32 THAT PROCLAIMES THAT “NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR” WHEN JESUS WILL COME BACK…NOT EVEN JESUS…NOR THE ANGELS. YES, EVEN JESUS “STANDS GUARD” FOR GOD’S “SIGNAL” TO MAKE HIS RETURN.

THE EMPHASIS HERE IS NOT SAYING THAT JESUS IS CLUELESS OR LACKS KNOWLEDGE. THE POINT IS THAT JESUS TEACHES US TO BE CONCERNED MORE ABOUT PREPARATION THAN CALCULATION. IN OTHER WORDS, DON’T WASTE TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT OR GUESS “WHEN,” BUT USE YOUR TIME WISELY TO “BE READY.”

THIS IS THE OVERALL THEME OF THE PARABLE OF THE MAN GOING ON A JOURNEY IN VERSES 34-36. THE SERVANTS HAD NO IDEA WHEN THEIR MASTER WOULD RETURN. THEY WERE TOLD NOT ONLY TO “KEEP WATCH” BUT TO “GO ABOUT THEIR DAILY BUSINESS” OF THEIR ASSIGNED DUTIES.


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