The Why of Advent
By way of contrast, let’s first see what it was not. The Why of Advent was not sin. To be sure, we were and are sinners in need of a Savior. In Genesis 3:6 we read, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” But this biblical truth would come under the heading of the What of Advent. What Jesus came to do was to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). What we need to remember is the fact that sin was already in the world before Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
Isaiah 14:12-14 states: “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascent to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’” In the words of Jesus, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). You see, sin was already in the world because Satan had already rebelled against God and was thrown out of heaven. The writer of Hebrews said, “For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants” (2:16). If sin was already in the world because of the fallen angels, and Jesus did not come to help the sinful and fallen angels, it is clear that the Why of Advent could not be sin. So, what was this Why?
A simple answer
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The answer to the Why of Advent is LOVE! God so loved the world…God so loved YOU! Why our Lord did not run after rebel angels we do not know. Some commentators have suggested they had more knowledge “Light” of God as angelic beings. Other commentators have suggested it was because they were not tempted toward evil. Whatever the reason, one thing we do know. God came into this world out of love for sinful humanity, and that includes you. God sought you, caught you and bought you through the blood of His precious son Jesus, born as a baby in a manger on that first Christmas morning.
So, throughout the month of December, it is my prayer that you will consider this truth and draw near to the One who came into this world because of His eternal and unconditional love for you. Reflect on His love for you, and rest in the fact that nothing can ever separate you from it, not Satan or your sin. Come, let us adore Him this Advent season and every day throughout the New Year. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Tommy Boland is senior pastor of Cross Community Church in Deerfield Beach. He blogs regularly at tommyboland.com.