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Advent in the Holy Land

7 December, 20147 December, 2014 0 comments Events Events

Advent is derived from the Latin word "advenio" meaning ‘ coming to' and refers to the fact that Jesus Christ is on his way to this world.


The actual term "Advent" was introduced as the name of  the first season in the church calendar in the 7th Century A.D. and begins four Sundays before Christmas. Advent is important for Christians because it serves as a preparation period leading up to the birth of Christ which took place in Bethlehem as well as a reminder that they are anxiously looking forward to the return of Jesus one day. Should you take a Holy Land tour during the Advent or Christmas period, visiting the ancient city of Bethlehem is definitely a must during this holy time.


Just as Jews celebrate the month of Elul as a preparation period leading up to the Jewish high holiday season, Christians view the Advent  also as a preparation period that will "prepare the way of the Lord".   While preparing for Christmas, believers should never forget to prepare themselves for Jesus who is considered to be ‘the light of the world'.


The Second week of Advent is marked by lighting a purple candle that signifies the hope that comes with the birth of the new baby, Jesus. During the Old Testament period hope was that the Messiah would come while during the New Testament period, it is considered hope of the Messiah's return by Christians.


Interestingly, the Israelites too also anticipated the coming of their Messiah (though its not believed to be Jesus Christ) and its not uncommon to hear Jews celebrate by singin  "we want Messiach now". The Scriptures are full with references to the Messiah and contains over hundreds of scriptures and prophecies discussion the birth, life, death, resurrection and return of the Messiah.


Of course, Bethlehem remains the centerpiece of the story of the birth of Jesus and Christians continue to pray confident in their hope that the Messiah will return one day.


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Elisa L. Moed is the Founder and CEO of Travelujah-Holy Land tours, the leading Christian travel network focused on Holy Land tours. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.


"The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth -- the very thing the whole story has been about." -- C.S. Lewis


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