This first week of Advent starts places us between the first coming of Jesus and the second coming of Jesus. We have to live in this space and live out Jesus in this space.
The text reminds us that we need Jesus to come, but we also need to be ready to receive him. We live in a broken world, full of pain, hurt, and brokenness. We need Jesus to come, but we need to be ready to receive him.
The first century Jews were in a similar situation, but devoid of a message from God for over 4 centuries. They needed a word from God. They needed Jesus to come, but many were not ready to receive him.
Here’s the text from Luke 21:25-36:
25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[a] coming on a cloud with power and great glory.[b] 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. 30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. 31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. 32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”