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Advent – What Is It All About?

Luke 2:9

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

112015 Ray McDonaldDo we have any idea why we celebrate Advent – or don’t celebrate it?  Advent is more than the period of time that begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and runs through Christmas Eve.  It is more than merely a time of awaiting the coming of the baby Jesus in the manger.

In the fourth century when they began to celebrate Advent – it was also a time of remembering and waiting on the Lord’s return. Have any of us ever heard the term/word – Maranatha?  It is an Aramaic term that literally means – Come Lord, Come – and was often used to invite our Lord’s return.  I have been using it a lot these days – with all of the unrest – the shootings – the terrorists – the bombings.  I have cried out many times for the Lord to come – to return for His people – to save us from ourselves.

Not only is the Glory of God seen when Jesus is being born – and the glory of the Lord shone around them – but the Glory of God will shine when Jesus returns.  Describing Christ’s departure from earth – Luke records these words: Luke 21:27 – At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

As we approach Christmas this year – let us not only look toward the baby Jesus – but let us also remember the returning Messiah – the King of Kings – the Lord of Lords.  Let us cry out – Come Lord, Come – Maranatha!  Advent is all about the coming of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 4, 2015 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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