Advent: Preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ
Advent, a season of celebration for Christians as they prepare for the nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday leading up to Christmas Day, or in some cases, the Sunday closest to November 30. This year, Advent will begin on Sunday 2nd December.
‘Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Advent is recognised as a period of spiritual preparation, enabling Christians to prepare for the coming of Christ.
So, what does it mean to prepare for Jesus’ ‘coming?’ Well, as we Christians know and believe, our Lord Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day (December 25) – that’s why we celebrate Christmas.
Therefore, Advent marks the countdown to Jesus’ birthday and it is referred to as His ‘coming’ based on the principal fact that Jesus was born on this day.
Many Christian denominations not only mark Advent as the celebration towards the birth of Jesus Christ, but also as thanksgiving for his presence through the Holy Spirit today.
During the period of Advent, Christians tend to involve themselves in steadfast prayer, fasting and repentance.
It is equally important that we, as Christians, keep ourselves pure and holy during the period of Advent as we call unto God in oneness and truth.
‘Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’.1 Thessalonians 5:23
Finally, as the constitution of Celestial Church of Christ implies, the act if anointment coincides with Christmas festivities and this stems from the simple fact that Jesus Christ came to save us humans, therefore becoming the chief priest and king.
In celebration of this coming, the church congregation are expected to assemble annually on December 24 as “directed by the Lord Himself through our Pastor and founder, Saint S.B.J. Oshoffa.”
‘And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God and we shall reign on the earth,” ().Revelation 5:9-10