Sermon; The First Sunday of Advent: "Your Redemption Is Drawing Near"
Date: December 2, 2018
Liturgical Day: the First Sunday of Advent; Year C
Believers through the ages have reacted to the message that Jesus will return to this earth at the end of time in a variety of ways. Some have heard this as a dire word of warning, causing fear and anxiety about what is to come. Others have heard this as a promise from Jesus, giving us the gifts of hope and peace. The season of Advent encourages us to embrace the latter interpretation, and remember that no matter how the end comes — whether it comes as the end of all time or the end of our individual lives — the one who loves us enough to die for us promises to meet us there, and walk with us through whatever comes.