What is Advent?
Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. This is a time to think about Jesus and get ready to celebrate His birth. God’s people waited hundreds and thousands of years for God to fulfill His promise to send the Messiah. During advent, we remember the promises God made to send Christ and Jesus’ promises to come back someday soon.
Nov. 29, the First Week of Advent
The lights are one of my favorite Christmas decorations. Each year, I turn off all the lights but those on the tree. The many little pin pricks warming the darkness give me hope. As I sit soaking it in, I remember past Christmases and think about the one to come.
I remember that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:18 NIV). Can you imagine? We don’t ever have to be scared and alone because Jesus is always with those who believe in Him. Sitting in my dark living room, I realize it’s not that dark at all.
Just like all those little lights drive back the darkness, so Jesus pushes back my fear when I trust in Him. God has control over everything (John 3:35
). That means nothing can ever catch Him by surprise. He knows just what is happening and He loves us enough to stay with us, even through the worst of it (Joshua 1:9
We can have hope because we already know the end of the story. Jesus is coming back, just as He promised. When He does, Jesus will drive out everything bad, bringing those who trust Him to a perfect place (John 3:16-21
; Revelation 21:3-5
Here’s your challenge this week: Every time you see Christmas lights, thank God for always being with you and giving you hope. Also, look for a chance to tell someone else about the hope you remember when you see Christmas lights.