Good News of Great Joy - Overview
Advent is for adoring Jesus. At least that’s our angle on it at Desiring God.
Advent is an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing -- a tradition that developed over the course of the church’s history as a time of preparation for Christmas Day.
Christians throughout the world have their different ways of celebrating Advent. Some light candles. Some sing songs. Some eat candies. Some give gifts. Some hang wreaths. Many of us do all of the above. Christians have developed many good ways of extending the celebration of Jesus’s coming beyond merely the short 24 hours of December 25. The incarnation of the Son of God, “for us and for our salvation,” as the old creed says it, is too big a thing to appreciate in just one day. Indeed, it’s something the Christian will celebrate for all eternity.
Our prayer is that this little devotional might help you keep Jesus as the center and greatest treasure of your Advent season. The candles and candies have their place, but we want to make sure that in all the December rush and hubbub we adore Jesus above all.
The readings you will receive are drawn from the ministry of John Piper, and we encourage you to download the full version of Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent for free today!
May God be pleased to deepen and sweeten your adoring of Jesus this Advent.
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