by Tara Chase, Frontier Fellowship Communications Director
And so we come to the end of our Advent journey. As we welcome the Christ Child into our world, we welcome Emmanuel, the God who has been with us all along. We rejoice that every hope and fear held captive in our longing hearts finds resounding resolution in the one who is making all things new.
And yet, our waiting isn’t over. We celebrate God’s Kingdom drawing near even as we experience a present reality that feels far from complete—hearts are still broken; creation still groans; injustice, violence, sorrow and fear continue to wreak havoc on every nation, tribe, people and language.
God speaks to us as He spoke to John in Revelation 21:5, as if from a dream, calling back to us from the certain future and finality of His perfect Kingdom and assuring us in these imperfect times. “See, your King! The one seated on the throne, the one with authority, the one who is trustworthy and true! Behold Me and believe Me when I say, ‘I am making all things new!’”
Like John, we strain—and train—our dreaming eyes to awaken to the reality of all that God has promised. Our hope is renewed and our faith restored as we begin to comprehend that all will be well one day. Though the world in its present state is full of trouble, we take heart because Christ, our King, has overcome the world (John 16:33).
And here, we enter into another kind of Advent, a journey between the now-and-not-yet of God’s Kingdom. Here we are called to action as agents of God’s redeeming, restoring, Kingdom-finishing work in the world. It’s our turn to call out to a world that is waiting: Behold, your King has come, and He is making all things new. Take heart, fear not, all will be well.
Take some time today to go for a walk or drive around your neighborhood, and as you go, speak prayers of blessing, hope and encouragement: Joy to you, world, for the Lord has come. Joy to you, for all will be well. Receive your King, and be at peace.
Read more from our Advent devotional series.