Cardboard calendars and cheap chocolate.
That is my first thought when I hear the word advent, so when I saw that the JourneyWomen Podcast dedicated an entire episode to advent, I didn’t quite know what to think. Was Hunter going to talk about chocolate for 60 minutes?
As I listened to the podcast, I learned that Advent is the celebration of the coming of Christ which takes place on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Hunter and her guest Amanda explained that there are several aspects to consider when celebrating Advent: the Old Testament promise of Christ, the angels’ prophecy in the Gospels about Christ, Christ’s birth, and Christ’s imminent second coming. I quickly decided that this year, we should celebrate all four aspects of Advent on the blog, starting with the Old Testament promise of a Messiah.
For unto us a Child is born,Isaiah 9:6
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
When I was a kid, I would stare at the Christmas tree for hours trying to guess what hid in the shiny packages underneath. My parents never told me what sat under the tree, and I wasn’t even allowed to touch a present until Christmas morning.
Seven hundred years before Christ was born, God supernaturally predicted through the prophet Isaiah that He would send a gift unto us, and He announced what that present would be: “a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son” (Is. 7:14). This Son would be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. In the Gospels, we read that Mary’s conception and the birth of Jesus fulfilled this prophecy.
God never tried to hide His gift from us; He even sent John the Baptist to announce Christ’s arrival. On this first day of Advent, let’s celebrate God’s omniscience in prophecying Christ’s birth (Isaiah 9:6) and His generosity in sending His Son to earth (John 3:16).