What are you doing for Advent? Do you carefully count down the days to December 25? Or do you wait out the Christmas season with frenzied activity? Or do you choose this as your season to hibernate and avoid all stores….and radio stations…and Christmas enthusiasts?
I keep waiting for things to arrive: events, Amazon boxes, lunchtime. Is the waiting worth it? Wouldn’t it be better to arrive at “Christmas season” on December 24 and skip all the painful anticipation? If we “can’t wait,” then what is the purpose of all the cookies, repetitive parties, re-gift exchanges, and enthusiasm for the twelve versions of every classic song?
Is He here yet?
Some Jews doubted that the Messiah would really come – they took matters into their own hands to build a new government, or gained power through existing rulers. When news of a coming King reached many, they scoffed or sought to eliminate the disturbance to their program. And you? And me?
The Old Testament promised:
“14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
The New Testament records:
“30 And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end'” (Luke 1:30-33).
Anticipation. Advent: the arrival of some highly expected thing or person or event. It has begun and will continue past December 25 to the New Year.
Advent is a journey – will you enjoy the road, run along worrying about details, or watch Netflix the entire trip?
Come, let us adore Him: Christ the King.
God, please forgive me for letting this meaning of Christmas dissolve into a sugarcoated celebration of parties and festivities. There is a depth to life that is missing when we forget to be thankful, and look back to what You have already done, the promises You have fulfilled. Please help me to appreciate them more this Advent season. And wonder again at it all. To Your glory, Amen.