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Reflections: Advent: Christ’s Coming

John 1:1-14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God
in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been
made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as
a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the
light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into
the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not
recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did
receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children
born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word
became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only
Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Advent season has begun. This is a time when we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ arrival during
Christmas. We have waited all year for this celebration of our Savior’s coming to our world.
Christ’s coming is our hope. Our verses from John remind us that Jesus is the true light, the hope
for all humankind, and through Christ we see the glory and love of God. As we begin Advent,
let’s reflect upon Christ’s nature and mission.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.

  • What do you know about the nature of Jesus, as the second person of the Holy Trinity?
    How does this help you spiritually prepare yourself for Christmas?
  • Advent means “arrival” or “coming”. In what ways are you preparing your heart for
    Christ’s arrival? How can we share the message of God’s love this Christmas season?

Prayer:

Lord, we thank you for your holy and precious words from the book of John. Help us this season
to remember the meaning of Advent, as we eagerly anticipate the arrival of our Lord and Savior.
Show us how to be better servants for you as we give our praise and worship. Amen.