"Advent Begins in the Dark:" Advent is out of phase with our time. Click for more . . .
Passage: Isaiah 64:5–64:7
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent marks the beginning of the Christian calendar or what’s sometimes called the liturgical year. I didn’t always have an appreciation for the liturgical calendar. Advent was my first introduction. Easter was my second. And yes we call it Easter not “Resurrection Sunday” because Easter is not just one day of the year, it’s a whole season that focuses on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Advent is also a season but I’m not sure we think of it correctly. Most Christians, if they think of Advent at all think of it as a kind of liturgical play acting. “Oh, let’s pretend that Jesus hasn’t been born yet so we can be really happy when he does arrive.”
But, Advent is not actually about Christmas, the incarnation is about Christmas or you could say, Christmas is about the incarnation. Advent is really about preparation for Christ’s return—His next Coming.
More in Advent 2018
December 23, 2018"The Confusing Voice of God:" We easily forget how dependent we are on the Spirit to make sense of God and his plans. The big idea (theme): The good news is that God is still with us. Click for more...
December 16, 2018"This Will Be A Sign:" Our limitations bind us. The swaddling itself is a sign to us that God is with us. Click for more . . .
December 9, 2018"Advent on the Brink of Eternity:" Sometimes prey become predator. The big idea (theme): Only in Jesus is the threat of judgment lifted. Click for more . . .