Starting December 1st I will be leading a sermon series, “Where is God? Searching for the Light.” It might seem odd for this time of year, but it really is just what we need in an overly hyped holiday season. Do you really know the definition of the season we call ADVENT? We are familiar with the candles and the calendars that go along with it, but what is it? The Christian Resource Institute defines Advent…
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!
Advent is my favorite time of the church year. It is the season of anticipation and waiting. While stores have had Christmas items in place for a few months the church is called to slow down and reflect. The increased secularization of Christmas forces us to celebrate December 25th over and over again day after day. While it is the second most important holiday on our Christian calendar, it loses its meaning if we don’t understand the context. Travel back with me to Jerusalem two thousand years ago. God had not sent a prophet for four hundred years and people began to wonder if God even cared for His people anymore. God was silent… Was the covenant still intact? The Romans were bearing down harder and harder on the Jews and there began to be more and more talk of a revolution. The question of whether it was time to fight, every man, woman and child for the liberation of Palestine from the pagan Romans.
We refer to this as a season of hope, but maybe a season of hopeful angst is more appropriate. It reminds us that in the midst of pain, God is still God. In the struggle to find meaning, God was sending the Living Word. In your continuous walk in the darkness, God is still Light. If we reflect as we are called to as the church, then we can have the most joyous Christmas ever.
May your heart be set with anticipation of Agape,
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