Advent is a season of desperate waiting...of preparation...for God to make good on His covenant promise to make right that which was wrong.Â Through Advent, we are reminded that we are a part of an ancient tradition of people whose lives have been characterized by faith in the Creator and hope that, one day, God would do what God said He was going to do: make all things new. Advent is unique experience for 21st Century you and I because we live in the in-between...we live this side of God making good in His promise in the most unlikely of ways: by putting flesh on and pitching His tent in our neighborhood.Â We live this side of His life down here, His teachings, His death, His resurrection, His ascension, and His empowering of us to continue His restorative reach down here.Â We live this side of the greatest grace to be the greatest grace in the world around us.
So what does Advent mean to us?Â What are we in desperate waiting for?
We wait for Jesus to come again and make all things new once and for all.Â And as we wait, we get the unspeakable privilege of participating in His Story of redemption.
From November 20 through January 1, the beautiful & messy Unfolding Story of God will be retold in a fresh, narrative way.Â Through the Hebrew Scriptures, we're going imagine how Jesus may have told His own Story from Eden through Egypt, Jerusalem, Babylon, Bethlehem, and Beyond.Â Throughout the changing scenery, we're going to pay attention to where blood shows up and how, when it does,Â it points to God's greatest moment: His life for ours.
Through Bloodline, we're going to discover our God who looks the mess of the world in the eyes...literally.Â The first part of our prayer is that we would become captivated by a God who enters into the muck of our humanity because redemption is messy...it requires blood.Â The second part of our prayer is that, becoming captivated by the Story and its Author, we would respond in a costly way by giving everything that we are in redemptive participation with Him.