• Dwight Dunn

Advent: the start of Advent-ure

Many people get excited about Christmas and say ‘I can’t wait for Christmas!’ Are you one of those people who so enjoys the decorations, celebrations, food, and gifts that you long for Christmas to arrive?

What is 'Advent'?

The word ‘Advent’ refers to the weeks before Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting and longing but of a different kind than our usual excitement of Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’ and refers to people waiting for Jesus Christ to bring them hope, peace, grace, joy, and love.

At Advent We Remember Jesus’ First Coming

During Advent, we remember Jesus’ first coming when He was born to keep God’s promises. Long before Jesus Christ was born, God promised His people to send them a deliverer who would be with, save, protect and bless them, and cause them to bless others. The people couldn’t wait for God to keep His promises and could hardly wait for the first coming of Jesus. They thought God would fulfill His promises quickly but God knew the perfect time:

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”” (Galatians 4:4–6).

At Advent We Remember Jesus’ Second Coming

During Advent, we also look forward to Jesus’ second coming. After Jesus rose from the dead, He went to heaven. Jesus promised He would return again to finish fulfilling God’s promises. When He comes again, Jesus will make everything new, be with us always, remove all pain, sadness and sin, and give us perfect peace. We long for Jesus to return and join those in the Bible who proclaim, ‘Even so, come Lord Jesus!’ Advent is a time to think about and be ready for when Jesus comes again.

At Advent We Remember Jesus Came for Us

During Advent, we remember Jesus’ first coming when He was born and prepare for Jesus to come again. Advent also challenges us to believe that Jesus was born and will come again for each of us. The blessing of knowing and loving Jesus isn’t just for people who lived long ago or for others in the future but is also for you. Advent is a time for you to long for and experience Jesus and His love, joy, peace, hope, and strength.

Remember: When you hear the word ‘Advent,’ remember that Jesus appeared at His birth, is coming again, and came so that you might love Him.

Discuss: What are you looking forward to this Christmas? What questions do you have about Jesus’ coming so that you can love Him?

Pray: Dear Jesus, help us to long for You, to believe in You, and to love You. Please give us the joy, peace, hope and purpose from knowing You. Please help us to bless those around us and show them Your love. Amen.

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