First Week of Advent
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
This is our first official Sunday of Advent. Can you feel the excitement in the air! It is also the time of year when we start reading some of the ancient prophecies about the Messiah. Why are these important and how do they relate to us? Think about this, In the Old Testament alone there are over three hundred prophecies relating to the Messiah or the Messianic age. Over 300 of them! Guess how many prophecies there were written about other great world religion leaders. Let’s look at Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, or Mohammed.
Of all these religious and holy men there is not one single prophecy about them before they were born. Not One!!! There are over 300 written about Jesus hundreds of years before He was born. Why is this important? Because it proves that Jesus is not just another world religious leader. It shows that Christianity is not just a nice philosophy. The prophecies that our Lord fulfilled were very specific. They speak of where He would be born – Bethlehem. They outline His ministry, His preaching, His lineage, even the very donkey He rode into Jerusalem. All of this was written hundreds of years before it happened. The odds are beyond astronomical of one or two these coming to pass let alone hundreds! Yet they did. There is not a single prophecy for the other world religious leaders mentioned above. Not even one! Now here it is 2,000 years later. It is another Advent. This week’s readings contain prophecies and invite us to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. How will you do it? Will you do anything different? This week I encourage you to think about the fact that Jesus’ whole birth, life, death and resurrection were all prophesied long before He was born. Prepare His way in your own heart and anticipate His coming anew inside your soul as we enter this Journey of Advent together. Just some things to think about and Happy Advent! …May God richly bless you always…