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Introduction

ADVENT comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” Therein lies the heart of our celebration of Christmas: the coming of Jesus.

Our desire for this guide is twofold. First of all, we want your affection and your attention to be focused on Christ throughout this season. Christmas is a wonderful and beautiful season, but it’s also a season in which it is easy to be distracted. Our prayer is that this guide would help you and your family focus on what is truly important about Christmas, and that you would be moved to worship Jesus because of who he is and what he’s done.

In addition, we wanted to draw your attention to the overarching message of the Scripture. Often times we mistakenly view the Bible as a series of stories that speak to us about who we are and how we should live, when it is actually one story that speaks to us about who Jesus is and what he’s done for us. The passages in this guide were carefully chosen so that you would get a glimpse of the redemptive-historical narrative, a term relating to how the Bible speaks of Christ from Genesis to Revelation. He is the thread that runs throughout the Scripture.

May Christ be your focus during this season, may you see the glory of his coming in a new light, and may you eagerly await his coming again.