Advent is a time to step away from the worldly hubbub of Christmas and see it for what it really is: The almighty God, creator of the whole universe, sending his only beloved Son to earth to free all people from the death grip of Satan.
When Jesus arrived on earth, so did another very special baby, and when that child grew up he gave people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins in Jesus Christ.
At the birth of John the Baptist, Zechariah, John’s father, was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied.
His first prophesy was about Jesus Christ:
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn [strong king] of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. ~ Luke 1:68-75
His second prophesy was about his own son, John the Baptist:
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.” ~ Luke 1: 76-79