For many Advent celebrations are something they have grown up with, but for others it is something new. Today I would like to give a special overview of of the real meaning behind Advent. I hope it blesses your soul.
Advent has been traditionally celebrated as a time of recognizing the first Advent of Christ heralded by Angels, seen by Shepherds and worshiped by Kings. The first Advent is the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecies of old told by the Old Testament prophets of a coming Messiah who would have a kingdom that would never end:
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this," Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)
This kingdom would begin to exist after the Babe Christ, born of a virgin, Is. 7:14, in the city of Bethlehem, Micah 5:2, would grow up into manhood and begin His work of bringing the nations of the world into the knowledge of the truth concerning all things eternal. At age 30 He began His public ministry which was blessed and confirmed by the Father at His baptism, Luke 3:21-22, a choice He made to model what we too should do as a first sign of our public engagement to follow Christ.
As Jesus grew He was accepted and beloved by multitudes of people as He expounded the truths from the Old Testament in the light that God had originally intended them to be understood. Many of the leaders of the day did not appreciate how He often showed that what they taught was hypocrisy and the burdens they imposed upon the people were too much to bear; so much so that even they could not bear them themselves, Mt. 23:4; Luke 11:46. As time passed it would be this angry crowd who seize Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane and with soldiers, swords, and torches lead Him to the High Priest to be questioned and then eventually to Pilate where He would be sentenced to be crucified.
Jesus did nothing wrong. He was the innocent Lamb led before the shearers in silence to awaiting His death and the fulfillment of the purpose for which He came on that first Bethlehem Advent, Is. 53:7. The author of Hebrews succinctly points out why Christ came:
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, 'Behold, I have come-- In the volume (Scroll) of the book (Old testament) it is written of Me-- To do Your will, O God.' " Hebrews 10:5-7 (NKJV) -parens, mine
Three days after Jesus gave up His Spirit He victoriously arose from the tomb proving that acceptance of His body as our sacrifice for sin and faith in Him will also be the factors necessary for all to inherit eternal life in Heaven. Praise God and Glory to Him for the wonderful work He determinedly accomplished.
This Christmas do your best to share this message of love. Our world is corrupting away and the desires of the flesh with it's openness to immorality and sin of all sorts is breaking down our society. In this world there is no true Hope, Peace, Joy, or Love for all that the world offers is a temporary counterfeit but what Christ the Lord offers is eternal.