For Christians, Christmas is a time of celebration for what God the Father has done for us, that he loved the world and mankind so much that he sent his only Son, Jesus, to be born as a human being. Jesus grew up and walked among us, sharing our griefs and burdens, sacrificed himself, dying on the cross so that God could forgive us, and rose again in victory over death. The long wait was finally over as God the Father, through his Son, fulfilled his promise that he would send us a Savior and that we can share in his victory.
O come, o come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear
That’s what Advent is really all about: eagerly looking ahead to the day when God fulfills his promise. In those days, they anticipated the birth of Jesus, yet even after his earthly ministry, he still has yet to fulfill one more promise: that he will return and conquer evil forever. For us today, yes, Advent is a time when we anticipate Christmas Day by remembering that he humbled himself to be born as a human child, but let us also remember to anticipate the day when our beloved Savior returns.
O come, Desire of Nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind,
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
In observation of the Advent season, join us as we go through a daily Advent devotional together. The devotional is called “Good News of Great Joy,” written by John Piper. This can be found online from the Desiring God site in PDF form or in audio form: