A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
For many, the weeks before Christmas are filled with going to the Mall, waiting in long lines, sitting in traffic, and discovering that there just isn’t enough time to get everything done. Perhaps this is one reason why Christians in the West, around the 6th Century A.D., started to set aside the four Sundays prior to Christmas to prepare their hearts for the celebration of our Lord’s Incarnation. Advent, as it came to be known, is derived from a Latin word meaning coming or arrival. On each successive Sunday in Advent a candle is lit until a circle of light is complete; reminding us that Jesus is the Light of the World who came in the fulfillment of time to redeem man from sin. Traditionally on Christmas Eve a large center candle, the Christ Candle, is lit indicating that the period of waiting is almost over.
In the gospel of Luke we are told that following Jesus’ resurrection, He appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Upon revealing himself to them, we read that “…beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Jesus opened up the Scriptures and explained how the words of the Law and the Prophets anticipated His coming and were now fulfilled in Him.
At a time of year when waiting and being still seems impossible, let us take the time to be still before our God and reflect upon His word and the hope that is ours in the one who has come and is coming again!