December 2020 | Grace Reformed Church
We continue our series of sermons for Advent, this being the third. And I’ll again remind us all that the goal of these particular sermons is to take a look at the whole story this Advent season, not just the Christmas one, to look at the grand sweep of history as it was planned and where we are in it. We are looking back at the first Advent of Christ, and we are looking forward to the second.
We continue our four-week series of Advent sermons today with on this, the second Sunday of Advent. And like I said in the sermon last week, in this series I hope to not treat Advent like just a four-week lead-up to Christmas, and instead broaden our focus to the entire story, the whole story of the two Advents of Christ, the one two thousand years ago and the one yet to come. Because there is a broad story here, planned from the very beginning before any of this happened. Both Advents are part of that great story of history.
Well, the decorations are hung, the first candle is lit, we’ve all eaten plenty of food this week (I know I have), so it must be Advent! I decided to take a break from our study of John and do a series of four Advent messages, but you’ll notice, we are still in John. You may not remember, but last year I was going to do the same thing while we were studying Philippians, but then when Advent rolled around, we happened to reach a spot in the text that was really perfect for Advent messages, so we just stayed there.