In today’s readings, we read about God’s promise of the coming of Christ.

Isaiah comforts the people with the prophecy of the redemption of God’s coming.  However, he talks also about having to reconcile with our one true living God.  Through Isaiah, we learn that God cares for us and that He will not leave us or forsake us.  His grace is sufficient for us.  God comforts us through the Bible, the Word of God.  Living our lives,the way God teaches us through the Bible, helps us to be ready and prepared for Christ’s coming.

In the Gospel, John the Baptist proclaimed that one more powerful is coming.  To repent and prepare oneself.   Mark brings us back to what prophet Isaiah prophesied about God’s coming and for us to prepare ourselves, to be ready.  What does it mean to be ready?  How can we help ourselves to be ready for Christ’s second coming?

Peter tells us in his 2nd letter, that God wants all of us to be saved.  Peter also emphasised God’s patience towards us, in fulfilling His promises.  He reminds us that judgement will come, and the day of the Lord’s coming will be unexpected.  The prophecies of Scripture are true, how then should we live our lives at this moment?  Peter tells us to live holy lives, sinless and at peace with God.  In other words, we should live our lives, knowing that Christ will come at any time.

Going for regular reconciliation is a way we can help prepare ourselves.  Peter mentioned about knowledge too.  Knowing what is written in Scripture, what the prophets prophesied, will most definitely help us prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming.   We must keep working to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.  Work done for God finds its true end in the new heavens and new earth.

By Jaq Ho