What is Advent?
Advent is an important season in the Christian calendar.
It consists of the weeks leading up to Christmas, which is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The word “Advent” is derived from a Latin word, “adventus” which means “coming.”
Christmas Advent is a season of preparation and expectation.
Let the Holy Spirit Minister to You at Christmas Advent
In our culture, it is easy to lose the wonder and anticipation of Christmas Advent.
For many of us, preparation means the pressure of buying gifts, planning menus and events, or tying up loose ends at work.
Expectation consists of mixed feelings as we anticipate the positives and negatives of having family with us—or absent from us.
- If you can relate to this, I urge you to take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your heart
The weeks leading up to Christmas can be busy and distracted.
May our lives not be like the inn at Bethlehem—so busy accommodating everything and everyone else that we turn Jesus away at the door. 
5 Prophetic Lessons from the First Christmas Advent
Zachariah was the father of John the Baptist. Mary was the mother of Jesus. Their lives, and many others at that time, were changed forever by the coming of Jesus.
Let’s take a few moments to consider what Advent meant to those involved in the birth of our Saviour—and what following Jesus Christ may also mean for us today. (Luke 1:5-38)
Let’s also ask the question, “What is God saying to me during this season, and how can I respond to Him?”
1. Be Open to Divine Interruptions
For Zachariah, it was business as usual—performing his occasional duties as a priest in the temple.
Mary was a young woman whose life was already mapped out. She was going to be married to Joseph, a carpenter from her hometown of Nazareth, in Galilee.
But their ordinary lives were suddenly interrupted by a message from the throne of God, brought by the angel Gabriel.
- Am I willing for God to interrupt my ordinary life?
- Am I open to hear what He has to say to me at this time?
2. Hear God Say, “Do not be Afraid”
As I muse over the Christmas narrative, I see the words “Do not be afraid” mentioned many times—to Zachariah, to Mary, to Joseph, and to the shepherds.
“Do not be afraid” encapsulates the Christmas message. It speaks hope and life into my present circumstances.
But it also deeply challenges me. It tells me that encountering God, and contemplating His demands upon my life will require something from me.
And that this “something” will be so costly, and this encounter with Him so awe-inspiring, that the reaction of my soul will be fear.
- Am I willing to encounter God, knowing that it will require something of me?
3. Your Life Will Change
The angel Gabriel’s announcement changed the landscape of Zechariah and Mary’s lives forever.
It marked a point of no return. Making room for the coming of Jesus would mean that their lives would never be the same again. It would bring both joy and sacrifice.
- Am I willing to make room for Jesus in my life—even if it means moving or giving up other personal priorities?
4. Divine Interruptions May Lead to a Crisis of faith
When the angel Gabriel announced God’s plans, he received different responses from Zachariah and Mary.
Zachariah’s doubt cost him his voice for a season. But not even unbelief could halt the progress of God’s plans.
- What is my personal response to God’s purpose for my life?
- Am I doubting—or trusting His word?
5. You Are Participating in a Greater Plan
Zachariah and Mary were just two of a company of people whom God used to make way for the first coming of Jesus.
At the birth of his son John, Zachariah caught a glimpse of God’s purpose—the salvation of the world through Jesus Christ.
“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79)
As we respond to the call of God to make room for Jesus in our lives, we too will become participants in God’s plan of salvation.
By making room for Jesus in our personal lives this Christmas and beyond, we are opening the door for our families, our friends, and those near and far to encounter the Good News of salvation.
Advent is a season of preparation and expectation.
So, today let’s pause from the busyness of our schedule and ask the question,
“When it comes to my life of faith right now,
“What am I preparing for?
And what am I expecting?”
 For more information on Advent, see: __https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent
 See Luke 2:7, Rev 3:20
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