In the C.S. Lewis classic, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Narnia is a place that is "always winter and never Christmas." In fact, it isn’t until Aslan the lion arrives in Narnia that Christmas comes!
The people of Narnia place their hope in the coming of Aslan to break through their "winter" and bring the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas.
Aslan is the Christ-figure in Lewis’ tale. And in a similar, yet more significant fashion, the season of Advent for followers of Jesus is a time to remember the hope we have for the long-awaited King to come to earth and brings Christmas.
In Narnia, Christmas only comes when Aslan arrives. The hope, peace, joy, and love found in Christmas only come when Christ is present. So, Advent is a season where we enter into Christ's presence.
For centuries, the Ancient Church withheld their joy and celebration of Christmas until the 25th, choosing instead to spend the dark days of December in anticipation and expectation of the arrival of the Christ Child at the Christmas Vigil. The waiting wasn’t always easy, but it was meaningful and produced a longing for what Christ brings. The weeks before Christmas were spent reflecting on the promises foretold of the coming Messiah. Promises of hope, peace, joy, and love. That was the focus of their waiting and the basis for the celebration when Christ "arrived" on the 25th of December.
Advent simply means "arrival" and for the church today, we anticipate the arrival of Christ and celebrate his birth together in this season.
You can join us we start the season of Advent with Brunch Church together.