Introduction

The Christian Year

In Deuteronomy 6 we are encouraged to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength. We are encouraged to share the story and commands of God to our children - to talk about them when we are at home, when we are on the road, when we go to bed, and when we are getting up. In short, we are to immerse ourselves in the story of God. The early Hebrews held festivals throughout the year, recounting and celebrating the way God had revealed himself to them as a nation. Similarly, celebrating the various festivals of the Christian year is a way to mark time and to emphasize the various aspects of the life of Christ and the story of redemption.

The Season of Advent

Advent is a season of remembrance and anticipation. During the four Sundays before Christmas, we remember the first coming of Christ - the baby, born of a virgin, who came to shine light into the darkness. We recount the Old Testament prophecies which foretold the coming of the Messiah, our Rescuer and Redeemer.

However, we also anticipate Christ’s second advent, his second coming when all things will be made new; when the wolf will lie down with the lamb; when there will be no more tears and no more sorrow. Until that day, we live in the tension of the already and the not yet. In addition, celebrating Advent allows us time and space, a season rather than one day to remember and recall all of the promises of our Lord: past, present, and future.

Behold the Savior

This year our theme is Behold the Savior, a call to remember and rejoice in the work of our Redeemer. In this devotional we will be following the Scripture readings for the Sundays in Advent. In addition, there will be a brief Devotion on the readings followed by Questions for Further Reflection and a Prayer. I would encourage you to engage with this devotional as an individual, family, or small group. Merry Christmas!

Paxson Jeancake
Director of Worship
Covenant Church | Palm Bay, FL