Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. This is a glorious time of year. Not because of the day but because of Jesus Christ.
The anticipation of an event is often so much greater than the actual event. Often that is what the after Christmas slump is all about. All the focus and excitement is on the day. Too quickly it is over and the joy is not there.
The first candle of the Advent wreath represents prophecy. The book of Isaiah is rich with prophecy about the birth of Jesus. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us)” Isaiah 7:14
Today my expectation is for the return of Immanuel. He is coming again and I am even more eager for his return than I am for the joy of this season. “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
Throughout Advent keep your focus on His return and your glorious hope will not fade.