There is a wonderful sense of anticipation that comes with the Christmas season, it is so much a part of this time of year. And who doesn’t love surprises? It seems as if surprises come with the Christmas season as well, the surprise of unexpected gifts, family or friends visiting from out of town, or a blanket of snow outside that magically seemed to appear out of nowhere. Anticipation is defined by surprises. Anticipation is that feeling you get when you’re not sure what’s about to happen, but you know it’s going to be good. Anticipation is what keeps children awake, waiting for Christmas morning. Anticipation is that sense that what is about to happen next, this thing, this moment, when it happens, things are going to be different.
The weeks leading to Christmas are, historically referred to as Advent. Advent literally means, “the arrival” or, another way to say it would be, “The coming”. The Christmas season is a celebration of the coming, the arrival of Jesus. And it’s a season that is loaded with anticipation. For people living in the first century, there was this anticipation that preceded the birth of Christ. There was this sense of, “We don’t know what’s next. But it has to be good.” The Christmas story, as it turns out, is loaded with surprises, and that’s what we’re going to look at in this special Christmas message.