PART 1: THE LONG WAIT
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. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
It’s the start of the Advent season, and we’re so glad you chose to spend part of it with us.
At the heart of Advent is joyful hope. It’s the waiting and expectation for Christ, God’s greatest gift, to come and restore things to the goodness God intended from the start of creation.
After the first humans sinned and disobeyed their Creator God (which you can read about in Genesis 3), the relationship between God and humanity was broken.
What was meant to be a loving and intimate relationship became a clashing, hostile one. But in spite of humanity’s fault for the damage, God always intended to save the people He made and restore His world.
This plan is seen in every part of the Old Testament, from the Law of Moses to the Psalms of David to the prophecies of Isaiah, all of which point people toward the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
This week, you will study a few of these passages and learn about the spirit of Advent — of hope — that was present from the very beginning. Join us tomorrow for your first devotional. (written by Rebecca Kelsall)