The World Needs Prophets – An Advent Reading

AdventDown through time the Advent of Jesus’ first coming has left ripples that echo today. At Christmas we tell the story, we remind each other, of how God met our need in a profound way.

John 1:4-9 says, “Life was in Him [Jesus], and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man named John who was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”

The word prophecy or prophet stirs all kinds of images. Maybe some wild-eyed firebrand in the desert, maybe modern-day schemers making predictions of when the world will end, or maybe someone who dabbles in the supernatural. But a prophet is a messenger, a spokesman, speaking the words of another.

The world has been searching for Jesus Christ since mankind’s first sin made our need for him known. The journey towards Jesus continues. Thousands of years ago prophets called out, announcing Jesus coming. Preparing people for his arrival. And he came. Just as they said. A humble Servant. A Child. A sacrificial Lamb, who rose a King.

The world is still in need of prophets, messengers. Long ago the prophets announced a Lamb, today the world needs prophets to announce a King. A King who died for them, who reigns over all, and is coming again.

The Lord has sent this message to every land:
    “Tell the people of Israel,
‘Look, your Savior is coming.
    See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’” Isaiah 62:11

The words of the prophet Isaiah pointed the people of Israel to their Savior, Jesus. Our words today can point the weary world to the hope of his second coming, reminding them to be ready, that he brings his reward with him.

Are you a modern-day prophet? God is looking for people to prophesy to this generation, to announce that the Savior has come, and is coming again. May our words speak of the second Advent of Jesus with great hope and joy!

Let’s pray:
Heavenly father, thank you for sending your Son to bring us hope. We are thankful for Jesus first coming that reconciled us to you, and we look forward to his second coming that will take us home. Inspire our words with your message of hope for all people. Amen.

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