Advent, Devotions

Join me this Advent!

The term ‘Adventus,’ is Latin for ‘coming’ or ‘arrival,’ and forms the etymological1 basis for our English term, Advent. Over centuries, Christians have reverently observed Advent as a period of spiritual readiness preceding the jubilant festivities of Christmas. It is a time to reflect on the doctrine of the incarnation, to set our minds on the first advent of Christ and also to look ahead to the final advent of Christ in the consummation of all time.

To the postmodern mindset, the idea of preparing spiritually before a festive celebration might seem odd, rigid, and even unnecessary. Who devotes time to readying their hearts for a celebration? Typically, it’s wake up, dress up, head to the party, and enjoy. Why ponder over doctrines in the midst of holiday revelry? Just decorate, put up the tree, and presto! However, the quandary persists: while the world engages in Christmas festivities, Christ appears absent from the equation. What’s troubling is the unwitting participation of many Christians in a Christmas that seems detached from Christ.

In simplifying, we’ve eroded its essence, converting it into a season of kindness void of the Gospel’s depth. It’s a time of goodwill, but often at the expense of acknowledging the world’s brokenness. It’s a period of generosity, provided it doesn’t involve proclaiming the need for repentance and faith in Christ to a perishing world. What we’ve come to embrace as Christmas lacks the authenticity of true Christianity; it’s become a mere facade. What we’ve embraced mirrors the secular religion of moralistic therapeutic deism.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, God incarnate. This occasion stands as the paramount moment in human history—a divine act amidst a world marred by the ravages of sin. God graciously dispatched His Son into this fractured realm to serve as the Savior for all humanity. The crux of Christmas lies in acknowledging our sinful nature, recognizing the world’s moral decay, understanding God’s righteous judgment, and embracing the sole beacon of hope—the newborn Savior. For those who reject this truth, their observance of Christmas becomes a poignant paradox. By refusing belief in Christ, their celebration unwittingly underscores their impending doom.

Let us resist succumbing to this prevailing wave of unbelief. Instead, I extend an invitation to join me in this Advent journey. Throughout this season, I’ll be sharing a sequence of devotions on the person and work of Christ—His character and mission. These reflections are inspired by my forthcoming book, ‘Come All Ye Weary,’ a compilation comprising 25 devotions on the person of Christ.

Traditionally commencing from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, this year’s Advent sets its course on December 3rd.

Stay tuned!

1. Etymology refers to the study of the origin and historical development of words, tracing their roots, evolution, and changes in form and meaning throughout time.




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