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First Time

Joanne Garland

Reflections from our church family this Advent.
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Christ came the first time as an infant, born in time and space, small and weak.
He will return as the everlasting King, great in strength and glory.

When He came the first time, His glory was shrouded and concealed from human view;
when He comes the second time, His glory will shine brightly.

His first coming was obscure, witnessed by a few poor shepherds and the like. Few recognised who He was.
At His second coming, every eye will see Him, and all will know who He is. 

When He came the first time, only a few bowed to pay Him homage;
when He returns, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The first time, He washed the feet of His disciples;
when He returns, the enemy will be under His feet. 

The first time He came, He wore a crown of thorns;
when He returns, He will be crowned with many crowns, the King upon His throne.

He came the first time as our suffering Saviour;
He will return as our sovereign, reigning Lord.

Hallelujah! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

PrayerLink to this section

Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You, in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.


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