Day 1 | Advent: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Reading: John 1:1–18
Advent is not a word we use every day. It references the arrival of an important person or event. Throughout Christian history, Advent has been a season on the Christian calendar that begins roughly four weeks before Christmas day. It is a season marked by an attitude of waiting and expectation for Jesus Christ to come and be with us. Therefore, the season of Advent gives us two anchor points in history: the incarnation of Jesus and the return of Jesus. During Advent, we look back and look forward. We look back toward the first coming of Jesus Christ in the incarnation of the Son of God. We look back to God graciously sending Jesus to become like us so that he could die as our substitute on the cross. We look back and marvel at the goodness of God in Jesus Christ that brought us salvation from our sin and brought us into eternal life with God.
But we also look forward. Advent reminds us that just as Jesus came, he will come again. He came to be with his people and die for his people; and he will come again to be with his people and live with his people forever. Advent is a season of promise, preparation, peace, and presence. During this season, we pray that your heart would be stirred in adoration for Jesus more and more.
Question: What can we do that will help us focus on Jesus this Advent season?