"Advent" by Pastor Wally Coots
The word Advent means arrival, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. The “Advent season” starts four weeks before Christmas and concludes with the celebration of Christ’s birth. CCC celebrates the Advent season every year. Other churches do not recognize Advent as a part of their church calendar, however, whether recognized or not, the vast majority of churches treat the month leading up to the birth in a special way. All Christians look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth during this season of the year.
Why was Jesus’ birth so important? The reason is because slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from Heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. As the Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14).
Think of it: God became a man! He did it because He loves us—and that’s what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches. Take time between now and Christmas to reflect on this great truth:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Billy Graham said it well, pointing out that in this one verse we find the message and meaning of Christmas. Isaiah the prophet gave five awe-inspiring names of our Lord that encourage us, thrill us, and fill us with hope at this Christmas season:
The Mighty God.
The Everlasting Father.
The Prince of Peace.
The full meaning of these words from Isaiah should give us enough strength, hope, and joy to face any crisis, endure any sorrow and meet any temptation. This week and throughout Advent, take time to reflect on how Jesus has shown you recently that He is “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.”