ADVENT TIME…..

How many of you are doing advent this time of year?

I never have except with our church several years ago. I really have tried to learn more about it and do it this year. I hope to do more next year. Learn more about it.

Do you know what advent means? Why it’s important?

Wikipedia defines it this way:

ad·vent
ˈadˌvent/
noun
  1. the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
     

Yep. A notable person.  Who is a notable person in your life? The most notable???

Know what notable means? Worthy of of attention. Remarkable. Who here feels remarkable? Who knows someone who is remarkable???

There are a few people I can name that I just think so highly of. They are someone I would like to be more like. But they aren’t perfect. I know they have their struggles. They make mistakes. But Jesus – never. Not one mistake. Not one. He was perfect.

Now that is remarkable.

And He was born into this world of ours. He was tortured, made fun of, bullied, etc, etc. He died. Because of us. The sinners. The not so remarkable. Why? Because He saw us as remarkable. Because He loves us that much.

His birth is an advent worth celebrating. His coming into this world – now that is notable.

So Christmas is His advent.

A time to reflect on Him. What He did for us. Why His coming down to Earth was so incredible. I want to continually remember and help remind others. It’s not about us. The not so remarkable. It’s about Him.

So far Advent has celebrated Jesus as hour Hope, Peace, and Joy.

Think about that. How is He our hope, peace, and joy? And the only hope, peace, and joy we have?? Why??

Hope

I met a lady today who had just fought her second battle of breast cancer. She talked about ‘you know how you re-evaluate your life’. Yeah I knew. When you get a diagnosis. When the realization that you could die soon. That time is ticking faster that you thought. It changes you.

Ann Voskamp says, “Maybe knowing you’re dying changes everything while actually changing nothing. Because we all know it every single day, whether we have a diagnosis or not; We all get one container of time – but no one gets to know what size that container is.”

http://http://annvoskamp.com/2013/12/advent-devotionals-week-01-hope/

Thing is, no one wants to talk about death. No one. But I have learned that death has given me hope. Jesus is our hope. He was given to us. He died so that we could have hope of heaven.

When the grace of God comes into your life your world looks different. Before Jesus came we had no hope. People lived in darkness. 

Have you been to Mammoth cave? Have you seen the fish with no eyes? They live in darkness. They don’t need eyes to see. Why? Because there is no light. Without light we don’t need eyes to see.

Jesus is the light that came to our world of darkness. Without HIM we can not see. And it’s a true full heart commitment to HIM. Not a fly by the moment – oh I will talk to HIM tomorrow fling. It’s a daily – pray as you walk through the day – always – type of relationship.

 

When you walk by a tree stump and you see this one little green stem with leaves just pushing its way through, what do you think? I mean have you realized that tree is trying to bring back life. It sees the light and life is pushing through. Why? Because that light has given hope to this tree.

 

So the first candle of advent is hope. Because we need to use this time to understand that Jesus is really our only hope. There is nothing in this world that has hope. NOTHING.

 

Hope breaks through the darkness of the world and brings us a spark of light. We can choose to go to that light. Grab hold of it in these dark days and hold on dearly.

Lamentations 3: 21-24:
“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in the Lord.”

I have hope in the steadfast love of the Lord. He will always be merciful to me. Every day I wake up with that hope no matter what is happening that day. I know He will be faithful always. He is all I need to get through each day. I don’t worry about my future. I have ultimate hope in the Lord.