This is the season of Advent.
Advent is the anglisized word from latin that means coming.
Think of all the years He was waited for!
Those of us who have been pregnant feel that 9 months can drag.
But the promise of Christ came in seed form at the Fall!
As time went on, the prophecy was built on.
Slowly but surely, more and more was revealed.
But often the first and second comings were prophecied together
So they were expecting a King rather than a baby.
They expected something and someone glorious
Rather than a humbly born baby, a poor man, a humble servant
Isaiah 53 notwithstanding.
Sometimes, we get an idea in our minds.
It is difficult to adjust to the truth despite obvious facts we only see, after the fact. stop
But on this silent night long ago, the Christ was born in a manger.
On a dark field, the angels made the stunning announcement to the shepherds
And led the magi to Him via the star.
It was an amazing night.
An amazing season.
The coming Messiah had finally arrived!
I’ve recently realized as I’ve been copying a passage of scripture about the Advent in my prayer journal each morning the truth of the first and second coming often being foretold at the same time. Funny how we never realize things. I feel a little more compassion towards those who missed his first coming now! May my heart be always ready for his second coming!
jesus was so different from who they were expecting, wasn’t he anita? i often feel for them, but then i remember Jesus’ words from Matthew 13:10-16 where He talks about why He speaks in parables. it was His way of hiding truth from those who weren’t interested. it’s an interesting passage. the same idea is in luke 8:9-10. it makes me wonder what the second coming will be like:) i’m guessing it will probably be different from what we are expecting too!
there is so much to astonish us in the story of God’s first coming. As a woman; the character i am most drawn to is Mary – her incredible receptivity and courage.
And now, we await with even more astonishment when Jesus comes — again!
jenni, i’m like you, drawn to mary as well. i can’t imagine her trust in GOD while all the while knowing, as a teen, that her life was about to turn upside down with a pregnancy before her wedding. Who would believe the part about the father of the baby being GOD? learning to trust Him with all those details of her life at such a young age had to be something she learned long before this event.
as we americans are finally learning lately with the amazing evil that is hitting our homeland in ever increasing ways, we are pulling ourselves out of our own self-focus and lack of awareness of what is happening in the world and realizing in a new way that “even so, come Lord Jesus” is our great hope for the future!
may His kingdom come…and may we do our part in the coming year! blessings for a joyful advent season jenni:)
I loved this. Jesus came in the most unlikeliest form to the maps unlikeliest of woman…kind of like a surprise! One of my fave things about the Advent/Christmas story. I’m parked over in the #46 spot this week.
it was a delightful surprise wasn’t it tara? for many of us it really was, despite his many promises that it was coming because it came in such an unexpected way. i haven’t made my rounds yet. i’ll stop by soon:)