'The Holy Family’ (2020), an original watercolor by Ralph F. Wilson
'The Holy Family' (2020), an original watercolor by Ralph F. Wilson

Advent, the season preceding Christmas, is a time for thoughtful meditation on the coming of Christ as we prepare our hearts to celebrate his birth.

Many, many advent booklets exist to help people in this process. Most take an inspirational thought and develop into a one-page-per-day format to encourage readers in Christ. And that is good!

However, 28 Advent Scriptures is different. Rather than a brief inspirational thought, each day we focus on a key Bible passage that relates to the Advent season and provide an exposition of it. Each is relatively short, but complete enough to help you understand the text at hand.

You'll find this series of mediations particularly rich in examining the best-known Messianic prophecies, as well as the gospel accounts of Christ's birth. My goal is to help you know what the Bible itself tells us about Messiah's birth. Thus, I encourage you to bring your Bible to each day's meditation, read the text for the day in your preferred translation and then read the day's meditation.

This Advent season promises to be an intensely rich time in the Scriptures as you feast on the promises of the Messiah and the Kingdom he will bring. You'll find yourself thinking about these passages all day long. And look forward to tomorrow's verses.

Each of these Advent expositions has enough meat to provide a thoughtful expedition into God's Word that will refresh your spirit and ground your soul. And there is plenty of underlying research that allows each exposition to form the basis of an Advent talk or Christmas sermon. I have also provided footnotes to help you explore further.

Since the start date of Advent varies from year to year -- as well as the length of the Advent season -- most Advent booklets are designed for a particular calendar year. (See Appendix 2. Advent Dates 2021 -- 2040.)

28 Advent Scriptures, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Also available in book formats: PDF, Kindle, and paperback.

This series of Advent meditations, however, can be adapted to be used any year -- for many years after it is published. Thus I have provided a full 28 meditations to encompass the longest conceivable Advent season. If Advent in a particular year is shorter, you will have some meditations to read for a few days after Christmas Day.

Many families and churches use Advent Candles to celebrate each Sunday in Advent. In an appendix you'll find readings that you can use during the four Sundays of Advent as well as on Christmas Day.

My prayer is that 28 Advent Scriptures will strengthen your faith and increase your joy this coming Advent season and for many Christmases to come.

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Loomis, California
Advent, 2021

Endnotes

References and Abbreviations

[1] Advent Sunday is always the fourth Sunday before (not including) Christmas Day. So Advent can begin as early as November 27th and as late as December 3rd. It is possible to compute the date of the First Sunday in Advent by adding three days to the date of the last Thursday of November; it can also be computed as the Sunday before the first Thursday of December. Advent ends on Christmas Day, which ushers in Christmastide, traditionally followed by Epiphany or Three Kings Day on January 6th, or more recently, in some traditions, the Sunday after January 1st ("Advent," Wikipedia article, retrieved 18 Dec 2020.

[2] "Advent wreath," Wikipedia article, retrieved 18 Dec 2020.

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