Advent is a season of anticipation. It is when we look forward to Jesus’ birth at Christmas and His arrival in triumph at the last day. We are not very good at anticipation. Who among us hasn’t badgered someone we love for a hint about what we are getting for Christmas? Who hasn’t looked ahead to the spoilers for a movie we are anticipating watching? Who hasn’t peeked ahead in that novel to see how it comes out? We don’t like to wait. We don’t do anticipation anymore. We are all about instant gratification. We prefer to know not only the outcome, but what happens on the way as well. As Christians we know the outcome. Jesus is triumphant. The baby born to a virgin at Christmas is the Savior who takes away the sin of the world. With His death on the cross, with His resurrection at Easter, we are assured that all who rely on Him for salvation are rewarded with that salvation forever. We know the outcome, but ahead of us still lies a journey. We don’t know what’s going to happen on that journey. Our faith calls us to follow Jesus. Our faith calls us to serve our neighbor. We will do those things as Christians, as those who are called to follow Jesus, as we wait. Anticipation of what God has in store for us is itself a joy. A smile from someone you have helped. A sentence from a child who believes in Jesus because you have shared your faith with them. These are milestones worth living in a time of anticipation. We join together with the whole of Christ’s Church in saying, come Lord Jesus. We celebrate His coming at Christmas, and we anticipate His coming at the end fearless and knowing that we are His. Advent is a season of anticipation, and there are some things worth waiting for.
Special Advent Services at Faith are:
- Wednesday December 5th, Advent meal at 6:00 PM Service at 7:00 PM
- Wednesday December 12th, Advent meal at 6:00 PM Service at 7:00 PM
- Wednesday December 19th, Advent Meal at 6:00 PM Service at 7:00 PM
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM
- Christmas Day Carol Service at 10:00 AM