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Have you ever waited for something exciting before? I got married this year. I remember that as the day drew nearer, I was filled with anticipation and excitement as I waited for the moment where I would finally marry the love of my life.
Likewise, the season of advent is about waiting for something exciting! The season of advent reminds us of the period building up to the coming of our Lord. It is a season when we wait in anticipation and excitement for something special to happen. For in the season of advent, we do not only remember an event that took place more than 2000 years ago, but we also remember the promise for all humankind.
In Luke 2: 10-14, the angel said these words to the Shepherds. What promise?
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
If we look at this passage, what the Angel is proclaiming is that there will be new hope, because a saviour will be born; there will be new love, because of what this saviour will do; there will be new peace; for His coming will bring eternal peace, and there will be new joy because this is good news!
So for us today, advent represents the coming of something new; that there will be new hope, new love, new peace and new joy. The advent series for this year would focus on these themes, reminding us the significance of the first coming of our Lord leading us to remember that these promises are also for us today.
My prayer is that as we reflect on the given themes and passages during this season, the Lord will enrich us spiritually and that he will fill us with His love, joy and peace.
Ps Tan Yu Yong
Pastor in charge of Impact & CUG
NEW HOPE Leviticus 25:8-22
Pastor Daniel Ho
NEW PEACE Isaiah 9:1-7
Elder Choong Yee Fong
NEW LOVE Isaiah 53
Elder Tham Kong Weng
NEW JOY Luke 2:8-20
Pastor Jeremy Lim
Pastor Jeremy Lim
Pastor Melissa Chan