Advent 1: The Lord’s Promise of Hope

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Rev. Kit B. Billings
LaPorte New Church Swedenborgian
Psalm 130 | John 3:9-16

Today marks the first week of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, which celebrates the Lord’sIncarnation. Advent means “coming” in Latin, and it is a time of waiting and expectation of God’s arrival into history in the Divine man Jesus Christ. God’s incarnation refers to the breaking of God into our world as a physical human being!

It happened only once in history, in the birth of the infant Jesus. I might mention at this point that Christology, the study of who Jesus is and what he did, which began with His Advent or coming in person, is THE most profound and difficult subject in all of theology to understand with the mind, which can be done with a lot of mental effort. But the Lord’s Advent and birth here among us becomes the most meaningful and rewarding aspect of our Christian faith when embraced with the heart.

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