Advent is a time set aside for anticipating the coming of Christ, both at the first Christmas and again in the present and future. This season's passages reflect this anticipation from the perspective of the Old Testament, and its fulfillment and future anticipation from the New Testament. We'll look at why Jesus came: to show us who God is and what he's like.
Read John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Some things of God are hard to put into words: The Trinity and the incarnation are just a couple of examples. The beginning of John's gospel is some of the most poetic writing in all of the New Testament. What are some of the images John uses in his attempt to explain and describe Jesus?
Consider memorizing these five short verses, and carrying them in your heart this Advent season.