Advent is a term derived from the Latin language and it means "coming." Christians throughout the centuries have set aside the four weeks prior to Christmas day to reflect on the coming of Christ to the world.

The weeks of Advent remind us to take a break from the busyness that often happens, while also remembering to reflect on the true meaning of this time of year, which is Christ coming to set us free from our sin. The Bible readings listed below help us to reflect on the promise of the Messiah, the idea of preparation for His arrival, and the stories that surrounded His splendid birth. Take some time to read and think about these passages during Advent and remember that Christ has come for you so that you might be free and filled with His love.

This month we will share reflections each week on how Jesus is our hope, peace, joy, and love. Check out this weeks below:

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Week 4 of Advent

December 1: Prepare the Way (Luke 1:16–17)
December 2: Mary’s Magnificent God (Luke 1:46–55)
December 3: The Long-Awaited Visitation (Luke 1:68–71)
December 4: For God’s Little People (Luke 2:1–5)
December 5: No Detour from Calvary (Luke 2:6–7)
December 6: Peace to Those with Whom He’s Pleased (Luke 2:12–14)
December 7: Messiah for the Magi (Matthew 2:1–2)
December 8: Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star (Matthew 2:2)
December 9: Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus (Matthew 2:3)
December 10: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh (Matthew 2:10–11)
December 11: Why Jesus Came (Hebrews 2:14–15)
December 12: Replacing the Shadows (Hebrews 8:1–2)
December 13: The Final Reality Is Here (Hebrews 8:1–2)
December 14: Making It Real for His People (Hebrews 8:6)
December 15: Life and Death at Christmas (John 10:10)
December 16: God’s Most Successful Setback (John 17:18)
December 17: The Greatest Salvation Imaginable (Jeremiah 31:31)
December 18: The Christmas Model for Missions (John 17:18)
December 19: Christmas Is for Freedom (Hebrews 2:14–15)
December 21: The Birth of the Ancient of Days (John 18:37)
December 22: That You May Believe (John 20:30–31)
December 23: God’s Indescribable Gift (Romans 5:10–11)
December 24: The Son of God Appeared (1 John 3:7–8)
December 25: Three Christmas Presents (1 John 3:7–8)