Christians are a people of promise. For centuries, God prepared people for the coming of his Son, our only hope for life. At Christmas 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. 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, for Jesus. That’s what advent means—coming.
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. We have the greatest reason to celebrate.
But Advent is not only a celebration of Christ’s first coming; it is also a time to look forward to His Second.
Remembering Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins, we also seek to be wise and have our lamps ready for the Bridegroom, who is coming again.
So, during this season, we look back, we look forward, but may we also be attentive to His present coming, for the God who spoke long ago is the same God who is speaking still.
Sunday Advent Services: Beginning November 26th, 10:15 am
Christmas Candlelight Service, December 23rd, 2017. 6:00 pm