I really enjoy this time of year from a Christian standpoint. I am intrigued by the stories of Jesus’ birth told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as the other pertinent passages of scripture. I love the hymns and even the liturgies, as they all captivate my heart with joy. I suppose one of the reasons I am intrigued so much is because Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth was not celebrated in my Christian upbringing among Churches of Christ (thankfully that has changed much). The closest we ever got was a visit to my grandmother’s Christmas Eve candle light service at the local Presbyterian Church.
Of course, I know that Jesus was born for a deeper reason than just so that we would have a neat story to tell during this time of the year. That is why I am preaching a two week Advent series from two passages in the letter of Hebrews called The Coming of Jesus: Because He Has and Is. The two passages that will be explored with the Columbia Church of Christ will be Hebrews 3:1-6 and Hebrews 12:1-3. The first passage asks of us to consider the significance of Jesus’ coming while the later passage encourages us to endure in faith as we look forward at Jesus upon the throne, as we anticipate his second coming.
And if you have a few more minutes, then listen to this performance of the choral group Libera singing of my favorite “Christmas” hymn O Holy Night. As you do, reflect on the significance of why Jesus came to earth and why he is coming back again.