In The Beginning Was The Word
1st Sunday of Advent
Archbishop Loren Thomas Hines
November 29, 2020
Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9a
1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Mark 13: 33-37
As we walk with God each day, we are to be reminded that failure should not be part of our lives. Our lives should be “ordinary,” because “ordinary” in God’s eyes is perfection. Life comes from God. Without Christ, we are dead. We have already proclaimed Christ as King so we must choose to make Him King and let Him sit on the throne of our hearts. It may seem impossible on our own but with Christ’s help, we can make it happen. As we look forward to that time, we need to always seek Him to be King in our lives.
It’s a growing situation for us to face daily challenges. But with God paving the pathway, we are able to conquer the challenges in faith and by not losing the faith, we hold on to His promises. Like babies learning how to walk and how to do things on their own we are also learning how to go through this growing period and there may be difficult challenges we need to face and conquer.
1 Corinthians 1: 4 – 8 “I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Christ came to give us new life, which is why we are in the New Testament. We do not give up. This is a sign of maturity as God is faithful.
John 1: 1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
We will be judged according to whether or not we have used the gifts and talents God gave us. In our lives, we should keep growing in the things of God.
Isaiah 40: 29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Hebrews 1: 1-4 “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the Word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
From the very beginning of time, He already had a plan for us. If we see things going wrong, it is for us to conquer, so we can show mankind how great God is. May we be challenged to keep on walking with God. With God, we have to have the hunger and thirst for more of Him.