Advent is a time of preparation. It’s a time to reflect upon and remember the first coming of Christ at His birth as well as anticipate His second coming when He will return. Each year I try to take time throughout December, in the midst of busy holiday activities, to still my heart, mind, and body, and to reflect upon and remember all that Christ’s birth has meant in my life.
One Christmas several years ago I begin to read through the prophecies of Christ’s birth in the Old Testament and then look for the fulfillment in the New Testament. There are over 350 prophecies in the Old Testament on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As I read through these, I was struck afresh with awe and wonder that Christmas is so much more than simply celebrating the birth of Christ! Christmas is the fulfillment of God’s plan of redemption first revealed in the garden after Adam and Eve sin. God’s plan of redemption is the story of the Bible. This year I thought I’d share some of those verses with you each day as we seek to prepare our hearts for Christmas!
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. —Isaiah 9:2
…Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12
Rejoicing in Him!
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