As I write this article before Thanksgiving, I am already reminded that Christmas is right around the corner. Television commercials for Black Friday shopping deals and Christmas decorations in stores remind us that Christmas is indeed coming.
In the church year, we celebrate and commemorate the season known as Advent; a time of reflection on Jesus’ birth and anticipating His second coming. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” This is a key term in the New Testament which was always used to refer to the second coming of Christ,…
1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 And he said:
“The Lord roars from Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers.”