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Hey, It’s Advent!

Hey, It’s Advent!

Between a late Thanksgiving, coupled with the anything-but-normal times we’re living in, it’s easy to forget that Advent started last Sunday.

What’s so special about Advent anyway?

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

Advent season begins in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, as we remember and prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. It also begins the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken 400 years earlier by the prophet Malachi about events leading up to this glorious event.

It was a period of 400 years. That’s the time between the close of the Old Testament with Malachi’s prophecy and the opening of the New.

When the book of Malachi closes the nation has been disobedient before God— practicing idolatry, and worshipping the idols and gods of the heathen and not keeping the law of God (Mal 2:8-9).

But a time will come when reconciliation will occur— when the Lord will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children (Mal 4:5-6). It is in that setting that God breaks His silence.

All of a sudden God starts to speak and reveal His Word and miracles begin to happen again. And all of this, leading up to one of the greatest miracles, the virgin birth,
is to indicate that God has again intervened in the process of making known His ultimate plan of redemption through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

This all begins with the announcement to a humble priest by an angel that he and his barren wife will be birth parents! The birth of John the Baptist, the one chosen to proclaim the arrival of the Messiah!

God’s perfect plan. And at the precise moment, He sent forth His Son to bring all who believe out from under the bondage of the law—a truth Jesus repeatedly affirmed throughout His earthly ministry.

Nothing would ever be the same. That is what is so special about Advent.

Pastor Joe Garofalo

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