Recently I was asked by a believer what did the name of my website mean. What does ADVENT mean?
At first I was put off. Clearly when someone that says, “they believe in the word of GOD,” knows what it means to be the voice of the advent. Clearly when we study the scriptures and look at the state of things in our lives, in our country, and in the world, we know what it means when someone says, “Salvation is near.”
It was not so clear to this one believer the meaning or the need of the salvation message so I have come to feel that maybe they should know the meaning of the word and how that is to help us as the children of GOD to navigate our lives here on this earth.
What did Jesus really mean when he spoke to the people that wished to follow him into heaven.
Jesus and the rich young man (also called Jesus and the rich ruler) is an episode in the life of Jesus in the New Testament that deals with eternal life and the World to Come. It appears in the Gospel of Matthew 19:16–30, the Gospel of Mark 10:17–31 and the Gospel of Luke 18:18–30. It relates to the Evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience.
In Matthew, a rich young man asks Jesus what actions bring eternal life. First Jesus advises the man to obey the commandments. When the man responds that he already observes them, and asks what else he can do, Jesus adds:
Luke has a similar episode and states that:
When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God / Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
The disciples then ask Jesus who then can be saved, and Jesus replies: “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
After I was shown this passage I personally realized I needed to do more to please my Lord, that living a decent life was not good enough and simply talking about him to my family and friends was not enough. That my education and status in life means nothing to GOD. To please my heavenly father I should seek to be his voice and urge others to learn how to hear from GOD.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Prepare your hearts unto the LORD,
—Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. I the LORD have called thee…to open the blind eyes. —Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Hear and your soul shall live. The Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression. —Turn us, O GOD of our salvation. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD. —Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life.
Jesus saith….I am the way, and the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Luke 3.4–1Sam 7.3–Eph5.14–Is42.6-7–Ps.119.18–Is55.3–Is59.20–Ps.85.4–Ps.118.19–Matt7.13–Jhn.14.6
This is to me: the best definition for what it means to have and raise one’s ADVENT VOICE.