Why Advent is Important
As you and I prepare to celebrate Christmas on December 25th, I hope that we are thinking about more than food, presents, and traveling. Food, presents, and traveling are great, but there is more to celebrate! For example, the birth of our Lord and King Jesus! The church calendar refers to this time of year as Advent.
The season of Advent lasts the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The term Advent means arrival or appearance. The Advent season is the celebration of the arrival or appearance of Jesus Christ to the earth! During Advent, we celebrate Christ’s appearing and at the same time, we look forward to all He will do in the future.
I want to share with you a scripture that has been in my heart and mind for this Advent season.
John 14:1–7 (NLT) "'Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.' 'No, we don’t know, Lord,' Thomas said. 'We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?' Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!'"
Jesus came to this earth as the way, the truth, and the life. When I think of this phrase I think of Jesus as the beginning, the middle, and the end.
During this season we remember that Jesus Christ came to this earth to show us the way to live our lives. Our lives truly begin when we commit our hearts to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way for us to know the God our Father. A belief in Christ is the beginning of our new life.
As we continue to live our new lives in Christ and follow the way that is set before us, He reveals truth to us. Jesus is the truth. He is the truth that keeps us on course. He shows us how to live our lives so that we can follow the path He set before us. Following Jesus, as the truth for our lives, keeps us pointed in the right direction.
Finally, Jesus says that He is the life! He gives us life with Him that passes into eternity. He gives us a life that continues after death! We think that death has the final word in our lives, but that's not true. Jesus is with us at the end of this life and He also brings us into life everlasting with Him!
Jesus came to earth as the way, the truth, and the life! This is cause for celebration! Advent, and this entire Christmas season, is important to me because Jesus Christ showed up to change my life. And remember, He showed up for you too.
Now that's something to celebrate!
Until Monday, Josh
One last thing: If you would like to carve some time out of your week to study John 14:1-7, click here for a study guide!