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Advent: The Joy Candle

This month our Church is celebrating Advent in preparation for Christmas fast approaching.

What is Advent? 

John Piper describes it this way in his free book “Good News Of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent“:

Advent is for adoring Jesus. At least that’s our angle on itat Desiring God.Advent is an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing—a tradition that developed over the course of the church’s history as a time of preparation for Christmas Day. Many of us find observing Advent to be personally enjoyable and spiritually profitable.

Advent is represented by the Advent wreath and a series of candles lit in the order of their meaning.

The third week of Advent is the candle of Joy. 

“To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

—Isaiah 61:3

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

—Luke 2:10

This third week of Advent is a week of joy who believe. We have been reminded of our predicament in the case of sin and our need  of a Savior. However this week we remember the continuation of His promise: the joy of His return.

This is probably what makes Christianity stick out among other religions in that not only did God step down from His thrown to repair man’s undoing, but He also promised to come back. He didn’t say when, but for us to look and be watchful. (And God’s doesn’t break His promises) Christ has come to us and brought His gift of salvation and will be comming again.

This is the joy that Christ brings: joy in our forgiveness and joy in His returning.

In the meantime we prepare for Christmas until His return.

Try the link above for your free copy of John Piper’s devotional from www.desiringgod.org or click here. Simply select your preferred format and enjoy! May God use this time to do a mighty work in all of us.

The Faithbook 2013
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