Advent Attitude

Welcome to an odd week. After Christmas but still a holiday…ish? As a teacher, I have the week off. But other people do not. I can’t imagine this week being too productive.

Anyway, that was just me saying hello.

If you read my last post you know that I missed something. Rather, I forgot something.

I never posted my thoughts on Advent. I even closed the last blog with a promise to write about Advent the next week.

Sorry about that. I completely forgot.

So, instead of waiting 11 1/2 months to post about Advent, I present to you Post-Christmas Advent!

First off, I didn’t really understand what the word Advent meant. I have heard it all my life.

One could figure out that it was a Christmas thing. Was that all? gives us this definition of Advent:

  1. a coming into place, view, or being; arrival:the advent of the holiday season.
  2. Usually Advent . the coming of Christ into the world.
  3. Advent, the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.
  4. Usually Advent . Second Coming.

Now, armed with this new knowledge, I have a clear picture of what Advent is all about.

My brain starts meditating on this delicious “food” and begins to process it.

This might not surprise some but I have a three-point outline that details my outlook on Advent.

Before you read the three points, let me offer an alternative title for this blog.

Advent from a Prophet, a Preacher, and Pilate.

Let me explain.

  1. Isaiah (the Prophet) told us in his book that there would be a baby born. Here is verse 6 of chapter 9: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This passage, in fact, the whole book, was written hundreds of years before Christ was born. That fits definition number 2 quite well.
  2. Moving ahead to the New Testament. A Preacher named John came to talk about Jesus. Here are his words from the first chapter of John: “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.” This also refers to the second definition of Advent.
  3. John 19:14 demonstrates the first definition of Advent. This comes from Pilate who was the ruling Roman authority in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. The verse states: ““Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.” Pilate tells the Jews (who were wanting to crucify someone) that their king has arrived. Advent.

There are multiple examples of biblical people proclaiming the coming of Jesus.

I am one of them. No, I am not in the Bible. But I most certainly think that Christ is returning. He is coming back!

Look again at the definition of Advent. See number 4? It says Second Coming.

The first coming of Jesus was when He was born of Mary, in Bethlehem, in a manger.

The second time he comes to earth, it will be quite different than the first time.

And all I have to say is that I am looking forward to that day!

I guess you could say that I have an Advent Attitude.

As always, thanks for reading this post. Enjoy your New Year!

More Hope

What do you hope for? That is the question I posed to my coworkers this past week. The answers were not surprising to me. They said things like financial stability, kids making good decisions, happiness etc. Those are all good things for which one can hope.

But like I posted last week, the one thing that does not disappoint is Jesus. Jesus Christ, the Person of Hope will always come through!

If we have the Person of Hope, Jesus Christ, then we can know that there is a Plan of Hope as well. It all starts with Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (click on the link to get the chapter), God has a plan. We are separated from God because of sin. But the Plan of Hope is that through Jesus, we can be reconciled back to God. Eventually, that leads us to heaven. We have a place in heaven because of being reconciled back to God! More on heaven next week!

The Person of Hope, Jesus Christ

The Plan of Hope, Jesus Coming

The bible gives us a definition of hope in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith and hope are closely related. In April, I will be posting about faith so please come back next month. =-)

Hope means that there is something out there that we don’t have but we know it is there. Faith gives us the action to keep us moving in that direction. Hope shows us the goal.

Here is an example that seems to make sense to me. You know those coin-push machines you see in gas stations? They are really a great way to exploit peoples’ hope in having a lot of money. Hope tells me that if I put a quarter in the machine, there will be some return. One quarter, or maybe even more, will fall into the hole and I will win! To be honest, I have spent $3 or $4 in the past year on these things. Faith means actually putting the quarter in the machine. Hope only tells us that there could possibly be a return. But this kind of hope is not good. Don’t waste your money. =-)

The culmination of this post is that my hope in Jesus is well-founded. Part of the Plan of Hope is that he will come back for me. He won’t leave me hanging. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 tells me about his return, the rapture.

Friends, Jesus is coming back. Are you ready? Do have your hope set on Him? He is the Person of Hope that will never disappoint us. His return is part of the Plan of Hope. That is really encouraging to me because some days, life sucks. It can be difficult to get through a day. I have issues and so do you.


But let’s put our hope in Jesus. That way, all will end well. So be lifted up today. Hold your head up proud because Jesus is pretty much to most awesome person you have ever met. Spend time with Him today. He wants to hang with you. Don’t let your day slip by and not see Jesus.

Next week we will discover the Place of Hope.