In just a couple of weeks, the season of Advent will be upon us. That’s always a special time of the Christian calendar, since it calls followers of Jesus Christ to focus their minds and hearts on the period leading up to His birth. It is a time of anticipation.
Ancient Judea knew about anticipation. At the start of the First Century, they lived in a time of anxiety. Israel had disappeared from the roll of nation-states centuries earlier, and now, their land was occupied — yet again — by foreigners who beat them down with taxes and occupying armies. They longed for God to intervene, but they hadn’t heard Him speak for 400 years.
It was a perfect place to simmer hopelessness.
And yet, in the midst of this, God moved. Once again, He surprised His people by delivering the Heart of Hope. More surprisingly, this hope was delivered in the form of an infant.
For 2,000 years, that infant has continued to deliver hope. The babe grew to be the 12-year-old who astounded Torah scholars in the Temple in Jerusalem, the 30-year-old who healed lepers and the 33-year-old who gave Himself to the executioner and then defeated death.
Embrace Church has always worked to make itself a place where people find hope by finding Jesus — in our services, in our ministries and in our people.
I believe the spirit of anticipation that indwells the season of Advent is an attitude that the people of Embrace often feel, when they approach our doors for services and when they leave to go out and perform ministry. I believe the spirit of anticipation is felt by those who visit us, and, we hope, leave feeling inspired to grow closer to Jesus.
So, right now, I invite you to start “anticipating the anticipation.”
Come see us at Embrace Church, either at our downtown Lexington location in the Kentucky Theater or at the Epworth Campus on North Limestone.
We’ll be ready to anticipate with you.