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Between the Advents

"If there was ever a year that needed Christmas, it's 2020."


I've heard this phrase, or one similar to it, so many times this month. Each time I hear it, I think there are different underlying motivations for saying it.


Sometimes, people imply that we've been through so much this year that we need some joy and festivity.


Other times, people mean that they can't wait for the holiday break from virtual school and zoom meetings.


Maybe others can't wait to spend time with family and feel a bit more normal.


But, I think there's something so much bigger that makes this remark true.


"If there was ever a year that needed Christmas, it's 2020."

This comment was at the beginning of a podcast I listened to this week. (She Reads Truth - highly recommend!) Their application and explanation was spot. on.


2020 needs Christmas because we've been reminded in so many ways this year that this world is not our home. This world cannot satisfy and we must find our hope elsewhere.


As we lead up to Christmas later this week and spend time reading Scripture and thinking about the first Advent (coming) of Christ, I am overwhelmed by thinking about what we're waiting for. But the beautiful thing?


Because the first Advent really happened, it proves to us that the second Advent is going to happen! All of the promises we see in the Old Testament came true in Christ! Against all odds.

Which means... God keeps His promises. He’s coming BACK!"


Jesus' second Advent will be just as real and true as His first Advent as a baby. In Scripture, we see God's faithfulness over and over as we see promises fulfilled in Christ.


Everything promised in Genesis 3:15 came true when Christ the victorious head-crusher had his heel wounded in the fight.


Everything spoken by the prophets about the coming Messiah came TRUE!



Luke 4:16-21

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”


We wait for Christmas, our kids wait for their presents, we wait for the green light to go to France, but most of all... we wait with confident expectation to see God keep every promise He's ever made - we wait for Christ's second and final Advent. Come, Lord Jesus!

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