Today marks the first day of Advent, the four-week waiting period that leads up to Christmas. As I came home from Atmosphere I noticed the Advent Star hanging in my window and remembered Jesus. I stood there and looked at the star and thought about how great it was to have the hope of Christ.
Time to Remember
Take time to remember why Christ came. Many times in the Old Testament, we see that God’s people are awaiting a savior, a great king who would come to come and save them. The kings of old had failed them. They had been cast into exile time and time again. They needed help. But God had greater things in store for them.
Faith in the promise
Many are familiar with the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. This chapter speaks of the many saints that came before the Church and how they looked forward to Christ and His work to bring them joy (see Heb. 11.26). But they were waiting for what they didn’t know. The author continues, “all these (the saints of old), though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.” (Heb. 11.39-40). That something is the fulfillment of all the promises; the kingdom of God reigning forever; Jesus being crowned as king. God has not allowed that to happen until His timing has been fulfilled.
In the meantime
Christ has done much for us, to name a few:
For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5.21)
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Rom. 3.23-26)
When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoptions as sons. (Gal. 4.4-5)
God has done great things and He is into fulfilling promises. This Advent and Christmas season, look past religious tradition and gaze at the cross. Find peace, joy, hope, and life in Christ.
[photo by professor megan]