It’s Advent. What exactly is Advent?
The Advent season begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas. It usually lands on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. In many churches, traditional purple cloths adorn the altar and Christmas decorations go up including the Advent Wreath. The word advent means: The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important. It’s roots: Middle English, the Advent season, from Old French, from Latin adventus, arrival, from past participle of adven re, to come to : ad-, ad- + ven re,to come.
Advent is the anticipation of Christ’s coming, celebrated on December. 25th. (I’ll be writing another article on the real origins of December 25th. We are also anticipating the 2nd arrival of Jesus any day now.
I wrote a series of articles examining the Christmas carols that we hear everywhere and delved into exactly what they mean. They are songs we learned as children. They are played and sung in stores and malls so that you will be in the “Christmas Spirit” and buy more. But they were written for a different reason. In olden times, the majority of the people were illiterate way before the bible was the best selling book. So pastors turned to both stained glass windows and song to tell the bible stories.
Emmanuel = “God with us”
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) The Old Testament
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” —which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) The New Testament – This is one of many biblical prophecies that have already come true.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father*, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
*An interesting note is that this is one of the only places in the Old Testament where God is referred to as “the Father”. It was not until Christ, His son was born and we became His children that He was call “Abba”, Father. We can call him “Daddy.” Everlasting Father. Usually in the Old Testament God was referred to as “The Lord.”
The Lord God, the Father, sent us His son, a saviour, in a humble manger. He came to serve and save us from death not to condemn us.
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