The first act of advent, which we looked at last week, is “adoration,” the second act of advent is activism. By that I mean this: a genuine commitment to the advent vision of the Bible is a commitment to active participation in the vision of advent.
A good place to begin our “activism” actions is with the words of the angel to Mary in Luke 1:
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
The activist vision of advent is a kingdom vision — a kingdom marked by this: Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High God, Jesus Christ will reign on the Davidic throne, and his kingdom will never end.
The activist vision is a vision to work for the kingdom of God, the kingdom where Jesus Christ is the King.