This is the first in a series of advent devotionals, written by the faculty of Lancaster Bible College. We hope these devotionals will help you to focus on the true meaning of Christmas!
The season of advent is a remarkable time. C.S. Lewis understood this concept when he wrote his first of The Chronicles of Narnia. In this book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the children arrive in a land where it is always winter but never Christmas, always cold, snowy, and dormant. Among their first encounters is one with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver who report that “Aslan is on the move.” It is an announcement of an advent. An announcement of a coming of the one who created the world of Narnia, a return to the celebration of Christmas. They knew this because there were signs such as the snow melting. In our world there are signs of the season of advent. Our advent season brings distractions so we forget the significance of the season. It can be so easy to allow all of those trappings to crowd out the better focus for these weeks. We forget the reason for setting aside the time and earmarking it as advent.
Jesus Christ is coming at Christmas, the Creator, the Savior, the Redeemer. Aslan knew what he would have to do to break the power of the evil one, and came, willing to be the sacrifice. Jesus Christ came knowing full well what his life would be like here in human form, and how he would need to die to satisfy the need for a sacrifice by death. Yet he willingly came for you and me, to break the power of the evil one.
Hebrews 2:14 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil —”
Hebrews 9:28 “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, out to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Consider what you have anticipated. Was it something pleasurable or painful? Trust the Heavenly Father that His plan for this season is one to bring him honor and glory, even when the plans you have go awry.
REFLECTION: Find an audio version of this book and listen with someone. Imagine the joy of the anticipation. Determine three things you will do in the next three weeks to prepare your heart for the celebration of Christ’s birth.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, my anticipation of Christmas is often filled with to-do lists rather than the preparation of my heart. Forgive me for my busyness. Draw me to your heart so I can know the joyful anticipation of your coming as my Redeemer. Amen.