Day 1

The First Sunday of Advent

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan


Isaiah 7:14, Psalm 130:1-8

BY Raechel Myers

Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega of the Bible. He is the constant theme of its sacred pages; from first to last they testify of Him. At the creation we at once discern Him as one of the sacred Trinity; we catch a glimpse of Him in the promise of the woman’s seed; we see Him typified in the ark of Noah; we walk with Abraham, as He sees Messiah’s day; we dwell in the tents of Isaac and Jacob, feeding upon the gracious promise; we hear the venerable Israel talking of Shiloh; and in the numerous types of the law, we find the Redeemer abundantly foreshadowed. Prophets and kings, priests and preachers, all look one way — they all stand as the cherubs did over the ark, desiring to look within, and to read the mystery of God’s great propitiation.
—Charles H. Spurgeon

There is just something about the Advent season.

I love a good set of flannel pajamas, a crackling fire, wassail simmering on the stovetop, and the nothing-like-it glow of the Christmas tree—all while the nostalgic sounds of Vince Guaraldi’s piano fill the air with memories of Christmases long past, before we were old enough to buy gifts.

The music and the ambiance would be wonderful even if we were experiencing them for the very first time, but what really makes them special—what makes the season really sing—is we did it this way last year, too. Or, because I remember this smell of spiced cider from when I was a child. The layering of tradition adorns this season like no other. Even our decorations tell a story. Carefully and expectantly, we lift each ornament out of its packaging, remembering the Christmas it was given to us, or what it looked like hanging from our mother’s tree.

This is what I love about traditional Advent scriptures. Like that box of ornaments we pull out of the attic, we unpack the familiar verses, one at a time. Weary world that we are, we read the ancient truth once more—a prophecy first, a promise after that—to remember again why we needed Christmas. Each passage builds on the last, telling a story and adorning our season, building an eagerness within us for the moment we stand at the scene of the nativity and rejoice that this is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.

Our holy God incarnate is the thrill of hope the world was waiting for, and He is the One we wait for once again.

Whether you are brand new to the story of Jesus’s birth, or you grew up lighting Advent wreaths and reciting Luke 2 from memory, our prayer is that the Scripture in this book would feel like home to you. From the first promise of the Messiah to the moment Jesus is presented in the temple, we pray that you will sense the quiet, unmistakable thrill of hope that is yours because the Son of God became a baby.

There is just something about this season, friends. And we are honored to unpack the Advent story with you.

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322 thoughts on "The First Sunday of Advent"

  1. Andrea Lopez says:

    I’ve got a few weeks to catch up on as I just started this reading plan today but I’m excited to see Advent unpackaged!

  2. Melissa says:

    Yes! This is exactly what I was searching for! I’ve been doing a different Advent Bible reading plan for the first 9 days of Devcember, but I just wasn’t feeling like it was what I need to prepare me for Christmas. So I started searching the internet and just from reading the first day of this plan and reflecting on the verses that go with it, I can tell that my heart has found what it is searching for. I will be switching to this plan. Today I’m going to try and read the first 9 days and get caught up. Thank you for this!!! And may God bless you in this beautiful Advent season!

  3. Bonnie Cochran says:

    I didn’t grow up in a Christian home in my younger years, but in my early teens we started going to church and remembering Advent and lighting the wreath. I haven’t really participated in it since then – but as this year has been SO overwhelming and ever changing, my faith has grown and been taken to another level. I felt a tug on my heart to partake and recognize Advent. I heard about this particular one with SRT on the “That Sounds Fun” podcast with Annie. F Downs (LOOVE her). I am so glad I did because my heart feels warm where it once felt cold.

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