We welcome the anticipated arrival of Jesus here and now, on the day of His return, and at the time of His birth.
We respond by staying in close personal relationship with Jesus (listening, obeying, loving).
“Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
Jesus is with you. “in fellowship” – close personal relationship, one with, in union with, joined closely to,
“we are in him, who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ,” – 1 John 5:20 ESV
Anticipated – look for, waiting for someone better who has been predicted
Arrival – what had not been real in the past is real now, what had not been true in the past is true now
“And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” – 1 John 5:20-21 NLT
“We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.” – 1 John 1:1
“the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.” – John 10:38
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you” – John 15:4 “my words remain in you,” 7 “Remain in my love,” 9 “obey” 10
What do we learn?
Jesus has made a close personal relationship with God available now.
How does this work? What should we do?
- Spend time with Jesus.
- Listen to Jesus.
- Obey Jesus.
- Keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
- Stay in love.