We are a people of promise. For centuries, God prepared people for the coming of his Son, our only hope for life. At Christmastime, we celebrate the fulfillment of the promises God made—that He would give a way to draw near to Him.
Advent is what we call the season leading up to Christmas. It begins this coming Sunday, December 3rd. That is the latest date which can mark the start of the Advent season.
In 1 Peter 1:10-12 we read a clear description of what we look back to during Advent.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
For four weeks, it’s as if we’re re-enacting, remembering the thousands of years God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation as found in Jesus. That’s what advent means—coming. Even all of God’s prophecies and their human authors who foretold that the Messiah was to come didn’t know “what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating." They were waiting, but they didn’t know what God’s salvation would look like. For centuries, a warrior type king was expected. But God chose a different path.
We Christians on this side of Jesus’ birth are a God-blessed, happy people because we know God’s plan. The ancient waiting is over. So we have the greatest reason to celebrate. We do so with Advent. We prepare for His coming and we celebrate.
My prayer for myself and for all of the Christ Community Church family is that we will prepare well. This year I challenge myself and all who are part of the CCC family to choose to "Be Christmas" rather than to "Do Christmas". During Advent "Doing Christmas" means the Christmas Rush often overwhelms us. Instead, let's celebrate Christmas. Our Advent sermon series will be called "Be Christmas." Join us each Sunday of the season as we learn from the Word how to do so.