Waiting for Christmas

December 2015 - Cover Story
by Rhett Wilson

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December 2015 - Cover Story

“It seems like it takes forever for Christmas to get here,” my son Dawson grimaced.

Parents plan for its coming. Churches celebrate the season. Stores love to see the shoppers arriving. Children longingly anticipate December 25.

Expectation and anticipation historically mark believers in God. Abraham and Sarah waited for God to fulfill his promise to give them a son. David longed for a temple for Jehovah in Jerusalem. The prophet Isaiah exhorted the people to expect God to comfort and deliver them. The magi followed a star, expecting the celestial sign to take them to the King of the Jews.

Since the ascension of Jesus Christ, believers have awaited his return. The Greek word parousia means “coming” or “arrival.” The New Testament uses the word seventeen times to describe the Second Coming of Christ. Translated from the Greek parousia, the Latin word adventus, means “arrival or coming.” For Christians, advent specifically signifies the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day.

W. T. Ellis said, “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” The advent season can be a great time for families to celebrate Jesus Christ afresh. Parents are wise to create opportunities for children to focus on Jesus amidst all of the holiday rush.

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