December 17th, 2023, will be the Sunday of Advent. During the Advent season, when believers eagerly await the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is so much consolation to be found in the habit of stopping to read, pray, and think. The Sunday of Advent affords us the chance to mentally. Spiritually be ready for both the joy of Jesus’ birth and his prophesied second coming. The promises of God which are outlined in his Word can give us hope. We can read the Scriptures to be reminded of the ways in which God has been true to us via the fulfillment of prophecy.
We are encouraged to consider the pleasure we have access to as a result of our belief in Jesus on the Sunday of Advent. Their happy attitude is one of the defining traits of Christ-followers. Let’s not let this year’s challenges diminish the immense joy we are experiencing because of Jesus.
“Rejoice in the Lord continually,” Philippians 4:4 says. I’ll say it again: Celebrate! Let everyone see how gentle you are. The Lord is at hand. Would you sincerely pray that this Advent the pleasure of the Lord fills your heart as well as your home? May the spirit of God sanctify the days following up to Christmas, preparing our hearts. As we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our king.
Meaning and Symbolism of the Sunday of Advent
The Latin word advent, which means “coming,” is where the word “Advent” originates. In the fourth and fifth centuries, Advent served as a time to get ready for new Christians to be baptized. In order to be ready for the celebration which accompanied the immersion of new believers, Christians would fast and pray for 40 days.
The third Sunday of Advent 2023 became associated with the arrival of Christ over time. The Middle Ages saw the connection between Advent and the first arrival of Christ, which is celebrated at Christmas. Traditionally, Christians have been using this term to allude to Christ’s second coming. Today, we observe Advent during the four weeks that precede Christmas.
Graduate Sunday is the traditional name for the third Sunday in Advent. This Latin word for joy is graduate. So this Sunday seems to be the perfect moment for us to celebrate the fact that Jesus came as well as died even though so that we could live forever alongside him!
Three Scripture passages are recommended for Sunday of Advent
- 1–6 in Isaiah 35
In those days, even the wilderness as well as the desert will be joyful. The desert will rejoice bloom with crocuses in the spring. Yes, there is going to be a lot of joy, singing, and flowers!
The deserts will turn as lush and beautiful as Mount Carmel or perhaps the Sharon Plain. As green as the Lebanon highlands. The Lord will show off his magnificence, the grandeur of our God, there.
Encourage people with weak knees and fortify those with weary hands with this news. Tell those who are filled with dread, “Be courageous and fear not; your God is indeed coming to annihilate your foes. He is approaching to rescue you.
When he arrives, he will also unplug the ears of the hearing impaired and unlock the eyes of both the blind. The speechless will sing with gladness, and the crippled will leap like such a deer! The wilderness will have springs, and the wastelands will have streams.