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Advent

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Advent’s season is upon us as we remember and join the deep and joyous anticipation of Christ’s coming to earth as a babe. In the tender mercy of our God, the Sunrise from on high has visited us (Lk. 1:78). Because of Mary’s astounding “yes” to Eternity…He came, the treasure in an earthen vessel wrapped in cloths and nestled in a cattle trough. He came to us and among us and everything changed.


This mystery was:

Foretold by the prophets,

Birthed by a virgin in a small shelter,

Gazed on by shepherds who had been surprised by angels and glory,

Visited in adoration by Wise Men who had been led by a star,

Proclaimed by an angelic host who cried “Glory to God in the highest!”


Advent is from the Latin, meaning "come into." Heaven came into earth and became flesh and was held, seen, known. He came and He remains Emmanuel, “God with us.”


Into our world tainted by sin and evil, God the Father out of his tender mercies entrusted the living Word. He came in humility, and He came with destiny. He was born to die that we might truly live. “We have a King who gave away his beauty to take away our disfigurement” (The Sacred Journey, Brian and Candice Simmons, p. 30). In the temple, when Simeon took him in his arms and blessed him, he declared: “My eyes have seen your salvation.” Indeed, we see and experience this wondrous Savior and his salvation.


So we celebrate Christmas as we also anticipate again his Advent a second time, no longer a babe, but One victorious coming in a blaze of glory as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Even so, Come Lord Jesus!


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