Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note

Reverend, Dr. Michael Coppock
The Meaning of Advent

It is hard to believe that we are about to start the Advent season and moving toward Christmas. Have you gotten your decorations up? Are you getting prepared for what is next? That is always the crazy part about this time of year. There just doesn't seem to be enough time. We have to get homes ready. We have dinners to attend. There are gifts to buy. As we head into the season, it is important for us to take a step back to see what this time of year is really all about.

Advent is a season of reflection on the coming of Christ, both his first and second comings. We always begin the season with a passage from the Olivet Discourse in the synoptic gospels. We have talked at length how the Olivet Discourse is primarily focused on the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD. However, all that we read is a template or precursor to when Christ comes again in glory at his second coming. That is why this season is a reminder to us that we need to be prepared for his coming whenever it is.

This is what the Advent season is really about – preparation, getting ready. We are to get our hearts ready to welcome Christ into the world. We are to prepare our spirits for when he comes again in power. This year, as we go through all of the busyness of this season. Let us focus our attention to what really matters – getting ready for Christ!

Advent Blessings,
Pastor Michael