Advent & Christmas

Advent & Christmas

For many people, Advent and Christmas are synonymous.  They both refer to the same season of the year where we celebrate Christ’s birth and the hope of freedom from sin and life with God.  Yet, Advent and Christmas really are two different occasions with two different yet connected messages.

Advent is beautifully articulated in old carol, O Come. O Come Emmanuel.  The meaning behind advent is that of longing and expectancy.  In some measure, it is to give us a taste of what it was like for ancient Israel to look for the coming of the Messiah. They were in bondage and wretched yet had messianic hope that deliverance would come.  Each of the four Sundays before Christmas moves us closer and closer to the realization of the Messiah’s arrival.

Christmas, on the other hand, is the celebratory worship offered upon the realization that Christ has indeed come.  It is on this day that we jubilantly sing Joy to the World because the Lord has come.  Advent is hope, Christmas is hope realized.

At Cornerstone, it is our anticipation that parents and grandparents would teach their children and grandchildren about this unique time of year.  We believe that God has given us this season as a tool to help disciple the next generation and we should use it for the maximum advantage of the Kingdom.  Below is a brief listing of several good resources available to use to help in your family devotions over the next several weeks.  May the Lord give you wisdom and grace as you reflect upon the hope that is in Christ.

Jotham’s Journey

Behold the Lamb of God

2013 Advent Guide

 

 

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