Adult/Parent: Set aside ten minutes tonight to talk about how God’s promise that Jesus will return. The only materials needed are five candles, matches, and a bible.
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE
Have one member of the family light the candles from the first four weeks and the fifth candle.
Have one person read the following passages out loud:
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
~ Matthew 2:1–2 | NIV
“I am going to show you a secret, John,” Jesus said, “about when I come back… Write down what you see so God’s children can read it, and wait with happy excitement... I’m on my way,” said Jesus. “I’ll be there soon.”
~ The Jesus Storybook Bible
Have an adult read the commentary below:
Jesus came, just as He said He would. But God’s promises don’t end there. Just like God’s people waited with eager anticipation for Jesus to come and rescue them from their sins, we are waiting, too.
God made us another promise. He promised that Jesus would return to earth again. He has already saved us from our sins if we love and trust Him. But when He comes the second time, He will save us from all the brokenness that sin has caused in the world.
Just like before, God has given us hints and clues about how and when Jesus will return. Just like before, we wait. Sometimes we wait patiently. Sometimes we wait with tears and frustration because we can’t wait to live in a world without any sin. Sometimes we forget and wonder if Jesus really will come back. But God is faithful—even when we are faithless. And Jesus will come back.
This time, Jesus will not come in the middle of the night as a baby. He will not be weak and helpless. The Bible tells us that when Jesus comes back, He will ride out of the sky on a horse, carrying a sword. He will do battle with Satan. And He will win! Our Rescuer is coming back!
While we wait, we wait with hope. We live lives of joy, peace, and compassion. We strive to be more like Jesus, every day putting sin to death. And we tell others that Jesus came to save sinners in hopes that they will love and trust in Him, too.
Jesus is coming back. We don’t know when, but we know He’s coming. Soon. So be ready. Soon we will worship our King, as He deserves, forever. Come, Lord Jesus, come!
Lord, we praise you! When you return, may we be found ready, waiting, with hope, joy, peace, and love. Until then, equip us to the task of bearing witness to your name. AMEN!
As a family, sing or listen to O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.