It’s Christmastime! I’ve been waiting for this season for a while!!! I LOVE this holiday. I love everything except the cold! Christmas movies on Hallmark, FreeForm, Lifetime, and Netflix. I love hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows. I LOVE singing Christmas songs. I love all the Christmas lights! And don’t get me started with how much I love Christmas decorations! I can remember being a little girl and watching Christmas movies with my family. We would always watch A Christmas Story at least 3 times! My favorite thing that we did together was to make a birthday cake for Jesus and celebrate His birth.
I love all the things about Christmas, but my FAVORITE is celebrating Jesus. Reminding ourselves of why He’s came and what He did makes my heart swell. I love Christmas because I get to celebrate Christ. This season, we celebrate Advent.
It’s important to celebrate advent because it puts us in mind of Christ and the reason He came. When Adam sinned in the garden, our world was without hope. Sin separated all of mankind from God. We had no access or fellowship with our creator. This was never God’s plan. God would frequently spend time, face to face, with Adam and Eve in the garden. He loved them dearly. But because God is holy, when sin entered the world, He could no longer have that close intimacy with them. And with sin came all kinds of evil, wickedness and death. Eternal separation from God.
But God, in all His wisdom wouldn’t be caught without a plan. In Genesis 3:15, God promised the serpent (the devil) that He would be defeated by the coming one. From this point on, humanity had a promise of the coming one. All through the Old Testament, the men and women were awaiting the promise of the manifestation of hope and victory.
John 3:16-17 says “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” Jesus did what no one else could. There weren’t enough lambs or goats or oxen to sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world.
Advent means “coming.” There was a period of 400 years between the last prophet being on the scene in the Old Testament and the coming of Christ. The people were filled with anticipation of the coming Messiah. They were awaiting their hope. The knew there was a promised one and they were expecting Him. They knew He was coming. Advent puts us in mind of who Jesus is, why He came, and how His coming fulfilled every prophecy and changed our lives for ever!
“A thrill of hope. The weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
For a people without hope, the coming Christ was their safety net. He was their lifeguard. This was my life before Christ. Lost, desolate, and without hope. But Christ burst on the scene and changed EVERYTHING!
As a partner with Kristen Schmucker and The Daily Grace, I received an Advent Daily Reading Plan. I wanted to share it with you all! The reading plan starts this week, December 1st.
You can download the free Advent reading plan HERE
I can’t wait to start this plan! Are you reading along? Let me know! Let’s read together and hold each other accountable. What’s your favorite part of this season? I want to hear from you! (As always!)
Christmas music is the best! But my favorite songs are about Jesus. Songs that remind me of who He is, how amazing His love is etc. I’ve put together a playlist with some of the best songs to get us in mind of Advent. This playlist features Kim Walker-Smith, Hillsong Worship, Britt Nicole and others. I hope you enjoy it!
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