The word Advent means approach or arrival. It comes from an old Latin word Adventus that literally means “to come toward.” Originally, it was used to describe the season in which we anticipate the approach or arrival of the celebration of Jesus’ birth — His arrival on planet earth.
This set of devotions is meant to help bring out the depth of richness that this season can have if we “come toward” God during this precious season. For during this season, we are reminded that God “came toward” us in the person of Jesus Christ. He will be called Immanuel, which means God with us. This approach toward us meant the arrival of Hope and Joy. The Good News was born on earth and we now have the hope of restoration and peace with God.
The Journey to Bethlehem began through the prophets, hundreds of years before Jesus’ arrival on earth. This journey continued through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. As we look at a journey birthed out of God’s promises, that began with fear and uncertainty, we will discover that this journey ultimately ended with joyful and triumphant hope! God is with us! And He will deliver His people from darkness and sin forever.
You are invited to celebrate the season of Advent once again. Come join us on our Journey to Bethlehem and let us be reminded that every time we celebrate Advent, we are one year closer…the approaching Savior will arrive a second time upon the earth and come toward His people a second time, setting all things back in order in His glorious Kingdom of Light!
May God bless you and your families as you come toward the God who is with us on this Journey to Bethlehem.