Parents plan for it. Churches celebrate it. Stores open their doors early for it. Children long all year for it for it.
December 25 - the most anticipated day of the year.
The Historical Expectation and Anticipation of Christmas
Historically, believers in God are marked with expectation and anticipation.
- Abraham and Sarah waited for God to fulfill His promise to give them a son.
- David longed for a temple for Jehovah in Jerusalem.
- The magi followed a star, expecting the celestial sign to take them to the King of the Jews.
Since the ascension of Jesus Christ, believers have awaited His return. The Greek word parousia means "coming" or "arrival." The New Testament uses the word 17 times to describe the second coming of Christ.
Advent: The Coming of Christ
For Christians, Advent specifically signifies the four weeks leading up to Christmas day.
W. T. Ellis said, "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
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