The Season of Advent
About 2000 years ago, Jesus came as a humble baby into the world. A great light shining in a dark place where sin ruled the hearts of man. He came to break the curse of death by laying down his own sinless life as a ransom payment for all who would believe in his name and his mission. His death cancels our death. His resurrection life offers us new life.
Advent is the celebration of Jesus’ arrival.
What is Advent?
Advent comes from the latin word Adventus meaning “coming” or “arrival.” Churches enjoy Advent as a season of preparation for Christmas that lasts four weeks. It is a time to prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior. It is also a time to look forward in anticipation to Jesus’ promised second coming!
In a season that is seemingly busy with more of everything, it is good to pause and reflect upon the King who came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life away. Jesus was the greatest gift ever given. Observing Advent is a way to interrupt the rush and to redirect our hearts and minds toward Jesus. We seek to stir our hearts with the anticipation that our spiritual ancestors felt as they eagerly awaited the coming messiah. We pause to ponder and pray for Jesus’ triumphant return.
So rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel, God with us, has come to rescue sinners like you and me. He is coming again to renew all things. Let us believe in Him, that we might enjoy the place he has prepared for us for all eternity.
Celebrate Advent with us each Sunday at John Ross Elementary, November 27th – December 18th at 10:30 AM. Then, plan to attend one of our Christmas Eve Services on December 24th at 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Let’s celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus!
If you would like to celebrate Advent during the week with your family or friends, here are great resources to help you:
The Village Church – Advent Guide