When it comes to the month of December, a lot of people think about what gifts they are going to buy people. Also others think about Santa Claus and the story of Rudolph. But really the month of December should be about Advent, which leads us up to Jesus’ birth. Advent comes from the latin word adventus which means, “coming” or preparing for something. In the Christian viewpoint, Mary and Joseph were waiting for Jesus’ coming into the world, in which we celebrate his birth on the 25th of December which is Christmas. An angel appeared to Mary and told her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." Luke 1: 30-32
The angel was explaining to Mary that she will conceive God's only Son, and He will be called the kings of kings and lords of lords. The question a lot of people ask is how does this scripture relate to us? It relates to us by explaining that God's Son is going to be the way to our salvation, in which later on down the road he pays the price for our sins by dying on that old rugged cross.
So what can we do now as Christians during Advent to lead up to Jesus’ birth? We can start rejoicing and spreading the Good News to the world about Jesus’ birth. We can be like the 3 Kings in the Bible who followed the star to get to Bethlem to bring Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In all as Christians we should be preparing our hearts and minds for Jesus’ birth and thanking God for sending his Son down to earth for Him to teach us and prepare us for the Kingdom of Heaven.
In conclusion, December is not just about buying gifts, the story of Rudolf, nor about Santa Claus. But if we all just remember that the real reason for the season is that Jesus Christ came down here to dwell amongst man to save a lost sinner like me and you. God gave us His gift now it's up to us to give our hearts and souls to Him.
All wise and heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son down to earth to save us. Please work within us Christians to bring lost souls to you during this Advent month while we prepare for Your birth. Remind us Jesus each and every day that you are the kings of kings and lords of lords, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Lord we love you and we thank you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Vice Moderator, Regional Church Council