Advent means, “Coming,” and the season before Christmas is not as much about presents as it is about the presence of Christ. The bible doesn’t make a big separation between his 1st coming and 2nd coming. In Jesus’ birth and life, he initiated the movement to end suffering & fear to bring freedom & joy. In Jesus’ return, he will finish the work. In the meantime, we are propelled by what he has done and look forward to what he is going to do.
The Advent readings tell the story of how in Christ’s coming there comes an end to suffering. In the midst of the wilderness a path is prepared through repentance & belief. This path is countercultural and doesn’t fall in the trap of consumerism and consumption but instead deals with life on life’s terms and seeks holiness and godliness. The power of the Spirit is given generously to free all oppressed and depressed.
|Nov 26, 2011||Christ Comes to End Suffering||Mark 13:24-36||Jamey Lee|
|Dec 3, 2011||Christ Comes as a Way Through||Mark 1:1-8||Jamey Lee|
|Dec 10, 2011||Christ Comes as a Way Out||Isaiah 61||Jamey Lee|
|Dec 17, 2011||Christ Comes to End Fear||Luke 1:26-38|
|Dec 24, 2011||Christ Comes to Begin Joy||Luke 2:1-14||Jamey Lee|
|Dec 31, 2011||Christ Comes to Make New||Revelation 21:1-6||Jamey Lee|