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We are watchmen for the Kingdom

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard!  Be alert!  You do not know when that time will come.  It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

The condition of the world today, causes much pain and suffering for Christians.  In our daily lives we see degradation, perversion, decay, and destruction all around us.  We are constantly confronted and disheartened by man’s inhumanity to man.

The ungodly happenings in our world cause us to want to cry out like the prophet Isaiah, “Oh, that you would rent the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!  As when fire sets twigs ablaze and cause water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!” — Is. 64:1-2.

Scripture tells us that when we see such things happening, the Lord’s return is near.

Last Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year.  Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming”.  It is also a translation of the Greek work parousia, which is commonly used in reference to the second coming of Christ.

During Advent, we in the Christian church look forward to our Lord’s second coming or parousia, while we celebrate the first Advent of our Lord at Christmas.  During His first Advent He came as our Savior, however, in His second Advent, He will come as righteous judge.

In the above text Jesus warns us to be prepared for His second Advent.  He says, “Be on guard!  Be alert!”  We stand guard by emulating the life of Christ and making a difference in the lives of the people around us through the proclamation of the Gospel.

How do we do that?  We proclaim the Gospel through the lives that we live.  More than talking about Christ, we are called to live like Christ.  As a result, the people of this world will want to share in the joy and the peace which we enjoy.

You and I are the gateway to Christ.  While we work and wait for Him to return, we will be tested by our enemy, the devil.  He will cause us to stumble as he takes us down some dark and destructive paths.

Therefore, we cling to Christ, our Savior.  He helps us to negotiate our way out of the devil’s path and saves us from his onslaught.

Our Lord is aware of the hills and valleys in which we find ourselves.  He is aware of the pains and grief we suffer, both for your families and for the world.  He remains with us, even to the very end or the world.

He is aware that we need extra strength to carry on.  That is why He sent the Holy Spirit to keep us strong in the faith.  That is why He gave us the Sacraments.  They are a means of grace.  They help us to be strong.  They keep us focused and as a consequence, we watch and pray.

Yes, we are the watchmen for the Kingdom.  As kingdom guards, we focus on the cross and stay active in our Savior’s work until He returns or he takes us out of this world.  That is why he says, “Be on guard! Be alert!”

Our Lord wants all people, here in The Bahamas, and in the world, to share in His glory.  He wants us to spend eternity with Him.  He came as a baby, lived as a man, was crucified as a criminal, died and was buried a pauper and was resurrected victoriously so that we can embrace all that His father has.  Amen.

 

Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: [email protected], Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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