Sunday is again the first day of “Advent.” So what is Advent anyway?
Advent literally means the “coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.” Advent on the Christian calendar is a four-week season of preparation and anticipation leading up to Christmas, on December 25. The focus of Advent is two-fold. On the one hand, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God who came into the world as a human child to give us forgiveness for our sins. On the other hand, we anticipate the day when Jesus will return to Earth and bring an end to this world. We can look forward to the end of the world with hope because through faith in Jesus, the end of this world will mean the beginning of a new life with Jesus for eternity.
Advent then is a time for us to repent and believe. Knowing that Jesus was born to forgive our sins, we repent (admit our failures to God) and believe that we are forgiven because of Jesus. Also, knowing that Jesus is coming back to Earth to take us to a new heaven and earth, we repent and believe that when Jesus returns, He will give us eternal life.
During this season of Advent I will be posting devotions that you and your family can use to celebrate. Enjoy.