I love Advent because it places me on a deliberate journey on an intentional meditation upon the Word of God. I do this so that I will truly celebrate the One worthy of praise, honor, and glory during this season of CHRISTmas, Jesus the Christ!
You see, for me this is important! Otherwise, I am likely to get so caught up in all the work and celebration that I leave Him out.
God knows this about me so some years ago He introduced me to the season of Advent. Advent begins each year the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Every day between now and Christmas, the Lord has taught me to meditate on Scriptures that will keep my heart centered on God’s everlasting love, abundant grace, and tender mercy for man despite man’s disobedience, rebellion, and rejection of God’s ways, plans, and purposes. This keeps me ever mindful that CHRISTmas is about Christ!
All the other thoughts and actions should be reflections of His glory. I give because He gave. I put up a tree because He is everlasting life. I put lights on the tree to reflect that Jesus is the Light of the world! I fellowship with others because God is all about relationship. Our relationship with Him and our relationships with others!
Advent helps me not to reflect on what I will give or get, but on the greatest Gift ever given. God so loving man that He sent His one and only, special, and unique Son into this world to rescue man from the prison of sin and reconcile him back to God. You see, relationship not religion. (John 3:16)
Advent causes me to reflect on man’s great dilemma of disobedience and rejection of the God who created Him (sin) and the penalty of sin being death, separation from God. (Romans 6:23)
Advent causes me to remember that as a result of his sin, man was standing seemingly hopeless before a Holy, Righteous and Perfect God whose eyes are too holy to even look upon sin. (Habakkuk 1:13)
Advent causes my heart to rejoice because God had a plan for what was seemingly hopeless! You see, not even the sin of mankind or the deceit of the enemy can triumph God!
God’s plan is summed up in Isaiah 9:6:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
What a loving God of hope! Hope born in a manger!
Hope built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. (Hebrews 9:28)
Hope that does not leave us ashamed for “anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11)
Advent is also a time that I reflect on other Truths such as this story not being finished. One day this same Jesus will come again and we will experience the full manifestation of His completed, finished work on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. (Acts 1:11)
All these truths and more are worth meditating upon and when I do, my heart knows and causes my soul to rejoice with true worship of Jesus the Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords who will come again in His Second Advent for those who have believed and received Him as Lord and Savior! (Revelation 1:7, Matthew 16:27, Matthew 25:1-46, Revelation 22:20)
“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
Advent helps me keep my heart and mind fixed on the real meaning of Christmas. CHRISTmas is for celebrating Jesus the Christ!
Blessed be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.(John 1:29)