“I will not take what is yours for the Lord or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.” (King David) 1 Chronicles 21:24
It is easy for us to picture Christmas in light of the Hallelujah Chorus and sing “Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!” This is certainly the celebration of the overall character of Jesus of Nazareth, whose birth in Bethlehem anchors our celebrations. Yet Christians recognize not one Advent but two. The second is the one yet to come: when He returns and initiates the visible Kingdom of God in all things. The first Advent leads us to Bethlehem and the manger.
In the gap between the two Advents, something else had to happen. (click here to read more)