There are many churches that celebrate the coming of Jesus on the four Sundays before Christmas. I’m going to explore the meaning of each Sunday. The four different meanings are hope and faith, peace, love, and joy. The first is hope and faith. God has always given man hope of salvation. Throughout history, God has intervened in the affairs of man to provided hope of deliverance, provisions, and the promise of salvation. In the coming of Jesus, God provided the answer to His promise to mankind. Hope is where God starts first. We must have hope before it turns into faith. The people, 2000 years ago, hoped for a Messiah to come and deliver them. Now we have hope of His 2nd coming. Because faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of thing not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) And with hope, we are not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5). We look to the future and God’s promise of Jesus’ return. So, we celebrate Christmas, God’s promise that He made to Adam, man. Hope is very necessary for us to have. Without it, we would never believe God. It is up to us to look at what God has done for us and understand how much He has done. For this reason, we need to make Jesus the center of our Christmas celebration and hope for the future.
Thanksgiving is over and we are in the Christmas season. Thanksgiving was about food and fellowship and rejoicing over family. Now we begin just to think about Christmas. To some people it is just a time to spend money. To others it is a time to think about the year that has passed. I have many fond memories of Christmas past. My family would gather for Thanksgiving Christmas and Easter, my entire family. Mom and her two sisters would prepare for each holiday. They made the holidays is incredibly special to us. and as our family grew our house became very crowded. But it never really bothered us because we would always stay busy and do things together. All my cousins are boys, so we played football together and sports. Mom and her sisters tried to instill in us a sense of Christmas and Jesus. It did not make any difference what we were doing, when it was time for church we would dress and go to church. If we lived in their house, we would go to church. That foundation that my parents gave me has continued into my life long after they have gone. Mom always taught me to have manners to say yes Sir and no Sir. That respect I still extend even to young people. So, when I think about Christmas I think about mom, dad, and home. I get very lonesome sometimes at Christmas even though I have my own family. But Christmas is about the return of Jesus. The disciples as they were standing in the garden of Gethsemane saw Jesus caught up into the clouds. As they stood gazing up into the sky two men robed in white garments stood next to them and said do you look up into the sky. This same Jesus that you saw caught up in the clouds shall return in like manner. So, we look for the return of Jesus and celebrate his birth. We all know that he was not born on Christmas Day. More than likely it was in the early spring after the rainy season. But what is important is that we look for his return. so, it is time to adjust your heart and to begin to look for the return of Jesus.