Advent Devotional Guide Week 1
Redeemer 2019 Advent Devotional Guide
Christmas is upon us once again! And I’m sure you have been preparing by breaking out old sweaters, perusing amazon for gifts, drinking cold weather beverages, putting up decorations, and playing Christmas music. It is amazing how many people in America celebrate Christmas because this holiday is all about the virgin birth of Jesus. But not everyone who celebrates is a Christian and far too often the beauty of Christmas is overshadowed by the materialism, consumerism, and greed that can accompany this holiday. But Christmas is a time for followers of Jesus to be distinct from the culture around us by reflecting on the significance of Christ’s birth, and truly preparing to celebrate His Advent.
“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” The Advent season (the four weeks leading up to Christmas day) is a time for Christ’s Church to eagerly wait and anticipate the coming of God’s Messiah, and to rejoice and worship Jesus as we remember that He humbly came to this earth as a baby so that He could save His people from their sins. He came as a long-awaited light in the darkness surrounding God’s people. The Israelites had been expectantly hoping and waiting for God’s Messiah to come to this earth to rescue them and to fully establish God’s Kingdom on the earth. They had experienced great suffering through judgment and exile and longed for deliverance. Their prophets had proclaimed the future coming of God’s special servant who would save His people, and they waited with eager anticipation.
Advent is a time for Christ’s Church today to identify with the hopes and longings of