Advent starts this Sunday.
Advent is the first season of the Christian year. It is a 4 week time of preparation for the incarnation of Christ. Historically the church has used these weeks for quiet, reflection, repentance, and fasting. Traditionally, the parties happen AFTER the 25th, during the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany. (Perhaps you’ve heard a song about this…)
We will be digging in to Matthew 1, the genealogy of Jesus. That’s right… Matthew’s begats. Lots of fun names and who gave birth to who.
Now before you yawn, let me tell you my premise: if you really want to understand the incarnation, then the genealogy tells the stories of how Jesus really ‘gets’ us. Very simply, the junk in your family tree is the same junk that was in Christ’s. That is an encouragement to me.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
I look with great anticipation towards experiencing these next 4 weeks with you.
See ya on Sunday.