For the season of Advent, we wait for Christmas day. While we wait, we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. More than just his birth, this is a time to celebrate his anticipated coming.
During the advent season, we celebrate love, joy, peace, and hope. Things that should remind us of the Christmas season and the birth of Christ. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world” that he gave his one and only son. God has so much love for His creation and his image-bearers that he would send his Son to die on our behalf. That is how much love God has for us.
When the shepherds were out in the field, the angel that appeared to them told them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). It was a joyous occasion, a reason to celebrate that the Messiah was born! This joy was not for the people of Israel alone, but for all people, everywhere.
Luke 2:14 says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.” The good news about Jesus also brought peace to those who had been waiting on him to arrive. We now should also have this peace as we await the return of our Savior. The peace of knowing that all will be made right in the end when Jesus comes back.
Finally, we celebrate the hope of the return of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead. The people of Israel were looking forward to the birth of the Messiah, which came. This was their hope. Now that he has come, we now hope in his return. As the apostle Paul writes, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13).