And this is the will of him who sent me,
that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me,
but raise it up on the last day.
We are in the first week of advent. Advent is a from a Latin root that means “arrival.” And Advent is a season in the Church calendar, where we remember Jesus' first arrival and pray for his second arrival. The celebration of Jesus' first arrival begs the question: why did he come?
The core of Christmas is mission. Jesus came on a mission. You can see that in the text above. Jesus was sent. He was sent to accomplish a rescue. Jesus' first arrival was to deal a death blow to death and pay for our sins. He came that we would lose nothing that was given to him. Jesus came to rescue people from every tribe and people group in human history. Jesus came to reclaim the creation from the curse of sin. This is why we sing, “He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found.” (Source: “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts)
Jesus’ second arrival will bring to conclusion all that he accomplished in his life, death and resurrection. On the last day, Jesus will bring his work to completion. Everything that Jesus died to purchase will be raised up.
Advent is about God's mission through Jesus to do for us what we could not do. We can't overcome death. We can't overcome our sin. God has done it for us.
Today, remind your heart that no matter what you face today, your greatest problems are already solved. Sin is dealt with and death is conquered. And then when faced with difficulties, bring into your heart that if God has taken care of your biggest problems—all because of grace and steadfast love for you—won't he be with you and help you in the midst of your daily cares and problems?
So, we follow Peter's instructions, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you..." (1 Peter 5.6).