Look Up, Your Redemption is Drawing Near

PLEASE NOTE:  This Advent season at Faith Lutheran we are using Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God is in the Manger” devotional booklet for daily devotions and weekly sermon themes.  What follows has been taken from that booklet.


Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28


Let’s not deceive ourselves.  “Your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28), whether we know it or not, and the only question is:  Are we going to let it come to us too, or are we going to resist it?  Are we going to join in this movement that comes down from heaven to earth, or are we going to close ourselves off?


Christmas is coming – whether it is with us or without us depends on each and every one of us.


Such a true Advent happening now creates something different from the anxious, petty, depressed, feeble Christian spirit that we see again and again, and that again and again wants to make Christmas contemptible.  This becomes clear from the two powerful commands that introduce our text:  “Look up and raise your heads” (Luke 21:28).


Advent creates people, new people.  We too are supposed to become new people in Advent.  Look up, you whose gaze is fixed on this earth, who are spellbound by the little events and changes on the face of the earth.  Look up to these words, you who have turned away from heaven disappointed.


Look up, you whose eyes are heavy with tears and who are heavy and who are crying over the fact that the earth has gracelessly torn us away.


Look up, you who, burdened with guilt, cannot lift your eyes.  Look up, your redemption is drawing near.  Something different from what you see daily will happen.


Just be aware, be watchful, wait just another short moment.  Wait and something quite new will break over you:  God will come.


Let us pray:  Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


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