The early church gave the title "Gaudete" to the third Sunday in Advent. The word simply means, "Rejoice!" When you are joyful about something, you share it, like the good news that the Son of God came into our world to save us from our sins!
Today, when a baby is born, we tend to choose a name either because we like the sound or it or because it is the name of a family member we wish to honor. But in the Bible, names always have meaning. In the book of Isaiah, the prophet foretold that the coming Messiah would be named “Immanuel.” That name means “God is with us.” How meaningful! It describes perfectly what we find in Bethlehem’s manger: God, wrapped in flesh, that he might dwell with us in our home. And because of what Immanuel did in his death and resurrection, we can joyfully look forward to the day when we will go to dwell with him in his home.
Prepare, for the Lord Will Come Again Unexpectedly
There are no surprises with Christmas. We know exactly when December 25th shall arrive. We can calculate the very minute. That is not the case with Christ's second coming. We have no idea when it will take place. It could be ten-thousand years away. It could be in the next ten minutes. But God kept his promise to send Christ the first time; therefore, we have confident faith he will keep the promise to send Christ again. Because we do not know when that will be, we must always be prepared.
Promises to the End of Time: Confident on that Day