2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land
of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
These words were the promises of God for people in the midst of darkness. They
experienced the darkness of sin; the darkness of their rejection of God. It was the child
of promise, the Messiah, who would redeem them and bring the people back into the
light of knowing God.
Advent is the wonderful season of remembering the promise of Jesus the Messiah, but
also resting in the promise of his return. In this season, we celebrate that Jesus came
into the world that did not know him (see John 1). He did this to save and redeem
humanity - all who would believe in him and trust in him for salvation. What is more,
Jesus promised that he would return again
Advent means “arrival.” In this season, we are recognizing and celebrating the arrival
of the Light into the darkness of the sinful world.
To keep our minds trained on Jesus, we encourage you to take the Advent Bible
Reading Plan that runs until Dec. 31. Let these Scriptures shape and direct you in this