Advent / Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus
Advent is a season in which we fix our eyes on Jesus and celebrate His Advent—His coming. The Hebrew Scriptures foretell and foreshadow the coming of an Anointed One, the Messiah. As part of God’s mission to redeem a people and restore creation, He established a covenant people (Israel) and gave them three kinds of anointed leaders: Prophets, Priests, and Kings. Each of these offices played a key role in instructing and leading God’s people on how to be in right relationship with Him and how to live the way of His Kingdom in the midst of a broken and rebellious world.
The Prophet was anointed to speak the words of God and shed light into the darkness of the world. The Priest was anointed to perform ritual sacrifices on behalf of the people to enable them to draw near to God. The King was anointed to lead, guide, and shepherd the people in the way they should go. These three offices play a significant role in God’s unfolding plan, and yet throughout the Hebrew Scriptures we hear promises about an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will come and ultimately fulfill these roles and all of God’s purposes.
During Advent, we celebrate that this Messiah has come! With one beautiful voice, the New Testament proclaims that Jesus is the Anointed One through whom God redeems a people and restores His Creation. Together we fix our eyes on Jesus—the One who is the true fulfillment of all three of those roles. Jesus is the Prophet, the Priest, and the King. The contents herein are intended to help us as individuals, families, and churches to fix our eyes on Him in this special season.
Here we are. Speak, Lord, we are listening.