Thanksgiving (or as I like to call it, T-Gives 2K15) is over, and the Christmas season is right in front of us. This is a special time for us as a church.
As we head into this season, I want you to be prepared for Advent. The word “Advent” is a Latin word that means “coming” or “arrival," it's associated with preparing for something to come. So in other words, prepare to prepare.
During the Christmas season, we celebrate the first advent of Jesus and we anxiously await the second advent with excitement and anticipation. It's a time to celebrate, remember and anticipate our King Jesus.
We are taking the weeks leading up to Christmas to celebrate our King. We have made an Advent guide available for families, community groups, friends and whatever other group you're apart of to celebrate the arrival and coming of Jesus.
As the prophet Zechariah says:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9 ESV)
Advent is all about celebrating Jesus! Rejoice!
The season of Christmas is a time for remembering our salvation, which came through Jesus Christ, and rejoicing in the hope of Gospel which he has proclaimed. Remembering is a crucial component to our faith, especially because, as broken humans, we are forgetful people. We forget who God is, we forgot what he rescued us out of, what he sacrificed, and what he promised he will do.
That's why Paul is so adamant in his instruction to Timothy to remember Christ!
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, (2 Timothy 2:8 ESV)
As the church, we eagerly await the second coming of our King Jesus. He has come to Earth, as the Old Testament prophets foretold, and he is coming again. It is in this hope that we find our reason to celebrate.
The world is not as it should be. We know this just by looking around, interacting with other people, and seeing our own sinfulness. Advent is a unique time in our year to practically live out what Paul was describing to the church in Rome:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18 ESV)
Whatever is going on in our lives right now, Jesus is coming, his plan is better than ours, and he is coming back to make everything right. He is coming back to put things back to the way they were meant to be. He is coming back to make 'Shalom', harmony, all things as they should be.
This kind of hope and story deserve celebration.
As we enter into what is normally a very hectic seasons for many families, take a moment to pause, slow down, and celebrate, remember what Jesus has done and anticipate what he will do.