Simply stated, advent means “to come.” The season of Advent centers on the coming of Jesus Christ. An Old Testament prophecy speaks directly of His coming:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. -Isaiah 7:14
What is most amazing to me is how from the foundation of this world, God had His plan in place. He knew we would need a Savior. And throughout the old testament, from Genesis to Malachi, His Word gives hints of His eventual coming.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." -Micah 5:2
"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts." -Malachi 3:1
As a Christian, we see that the person spoken of in the old testament is Jesus, and boy does it make reading the bible mean so much more. He was always there, will always be there, and forevermore will be. He is our Savior who from birth was born to die for us and our sins. I've stumbled upon a very nice devotional sermon pdf to use with you and your family but Jeremy and I have just been reading the verses from the advent paper chain from the blog Spell Out Loud. His Word and His promises are wonderful. I hope your family is enjoying advent too!