Starting this week we will spend the next 4 weeks talking about The Advent and the 5th week covering Luke 1&2.
Throughout the Bible, God promised The Advent or coming of his son, Jesus. This is one of the most important events in all of human history — the almighty, eternal, creator of the universe becoming human, living among us, and suffering on our behalf in order to give us life.
The Old Testament looked expectantly for The Advent of God’s forever king, the anointed one who would bring peace to his people. Isaiah 9:6 anticipates and declares, “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.” In Luke 2:8-11, when the long-awaited Messiah finally came, angels announced his birth by declaring, “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
For centuries, Christians around the world have used the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s a time when we observe his first coming while we also look forward to his second coming. Each of the four weeks leading up to Advent is focused on hope, peace, joy, and love respectively. Hope can be described as an eager expectation for good. It carries the connotation of waiting. Peace, in the Bible, is not just the absence of conflict but the presence of something much more significant. The third key themes of the Bible is joy, which is an inner sense of well-being. Love, the most of these, is not just something that God shows, it is something that he is; it’s a part of his nature and character.
Below are the links to the next videos on Hope and some helpful notes.