Advent…

December 4, 2014 | By Pastor Mike Rose

adventMy assignment for this blog post is to write about Advent. Really! I grew up in Baptist Fundamentalism. We didn’t celebrate Advent. How embarrassing! Until I was given this assignment, I would be hard pressed to have told you what Advent actually is. However, I am glad I got the assignment because now, not only do I know what it is, it gives me a whole new perspective on the Christmas season.

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve. The word “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the season is the celebration of the coming of the Christ Child, (first advent) with anticipation of His second coming as King (second advent).

Jesus 2nd coming

So Advent is more than looking back to the birth of Jesus, it’s also looking forward to the establishment of His rule on earth. At the end of the day, that’s what Christmas or Advent is all about. Jesus became a human, to bear the sins of humanity, so that men, women, boys and girls could be reconciled to The Father and become citizens of His eternal kingdom. Now that’s something worth CELEBRATING!  All of this puts me in the mood to sing Joy To The World, which by the way, is a song about Jesus’ second coming as King of Kings as opposed to celebrating His first coming as the babe in a manger.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love.

As you and your family begin the countdown to Christmas day, consider making the season about more than lights, decorations, family, friends and gifts. Turn your heart to the reality that the Messiah has come to bear the sins of the world, making reconciliation with The Father possible. But don’t get lost in the wonder of His first coming. His second coming will be far more glorious as He defeats Satan, judges sin, sets earth and nature free from “the curse” and establishes His rule on earth. We have prepared a resource that you can use to celebrate and teach your family about Advent. You can pick one up in the foyer of the Worship Center.

Finally, anyone’s celebration of the Christmas season can be enhanced by practicing the following exhortations given by our friends at Advent Conspiracy;  Worship fully, Spend less, Give More (of yourself), Love All.  May you and your family have a very happy and worship filled Advent season.

Advent Conspiracy