Unpacking the Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a fun tradition at our house. I love pulling out old ornaments and reminiscing about Christmases past and reminding my children how little they used to be as we place more than fifteen years’ worth of handmade ornaments on the tree.
While we treasure the memories, there is also a feeling of excitement and anticipation in the air. Christmas is coming and along with it comes family gatherings and celebrations and a chance to make new memories. During the Christmas season, I often try to imagine the holy anticipation in the air on that first Christmas over 2,000 years ago.
When Jesus came as Messiah two millennia ago, he did not arrive as people expected. They anticipated a conquering king who would overthrow the harsh Roman rulers and establish a holy kingdom. They were surprised. Some even disappointed.
However, overthrowing the government was not the primary purpose for the first coming of Jesus, when he was born as a little baby. So why did he come? What is the point of our anticipation and our advent celebration?
Read more at courtneybellis.com.
I am honored to be a part of Courtney Ellis’s Advent devotional series again this year.