Saturday, December 17, 2011

Advent! (Christmas Season)

Hello, everyone, Christmas is nearly here!!  The weeks leading up to Christmas, most importantly the Sundays, we look at the weeks of advent.  A little history of these weeks are that advent is the beginning of the Church year for most churches in the western tradition.  It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24).  The earliest this can be started is November 27th and the latest is December 3rd.  This year we started at the latest, which is so nice because Christmas is on a Sunday, which I think is so wonderful.  I love spending time in church on Christmas, it is so warm and I always feel God right there, in church!
There are four themes (candles) that my church does for the four Sundays and that is: (The middle candle is the Christ candle that we light on Christmas Eve!) 

He came!
He comes!
He is coming
Christmas Sunday!! 
The First theme talks about how Jesus came into this world to be our Saviour.  We can look at John 3:16 which says "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life".  God loved us, sinners, so much that he sent his only son into the world to die for us, so we can live in heaven with him eternally, when we die.
The Second theme is about how Jesus comes to us now.  He comes now because he loves us and wants to live in our hearts.  The text we look at is Hebrews 9, which says "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from sins committed under the first covenant" (Heb. 9:15).  After Jesus died, he came again to live in our hearts.
The Third theme is about how Jesus is coming again, or his second coming.  This we look at in Revelations 1.  This says "Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him...who is, and who was, and who is to come" (Rev. 1:7-8).  All through the book of Revelations, the new kingdom is described and eternity is revealed.
I have enjoyed giving everyone this...and I will post again soon!
P.S. here two songs I heard and enjoy listening to:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and...

Hark The Herald Angels Sing, which is my absolute favorite song! 
As tiny Tim said in A Christmas Carol, "God Bless us everyone"!!