During Advent, we anticipate the coming of Christ, an event that awakens our deepest desires and longings. During Advent 2010 the SSJE Brothers preached a sermon series, Longing for Christ, in which they reflected on the promises and gifts that God makes to us in his Son, Jesus.
Do you long for peace? Br. David assures us, “The vision of peace for which we long is no longer just a far-off ideal, distant and unattainable, but a dream that can be and is being realized today.”
Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us beyond a view of final judgment based on works to an understanding of judgment inspired by the Gospels: “Jesus came and comes now, this morning, this very moment, to convert us, to challenge us through love; to change our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh; to love us so much that we shed saving tears of repentance and change our ways.”
As Christmas approaches, Br. James Koester nudges us past a nostalgic wish for an imagined past of peace or simplicity, toward a longing for the Saviour whom we seek by knowing our own need.
In this final sermon of the Longing for Christ series, Br. Mark Brown prays for light for Jerusalem.