Kerstgroet uit Hongarije
24-12-2019 23:38
Onderstaande groet kregen we als werkgroep Hongarije van onze vrienden uit Debrecen.

Dear Friends in Stiens,
In this special time of the year, it's tempting to just think of the rush and hurry before Christmas. But it is Advent! What is Advent really? Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

With these words, I wish you and all our Friends in Stiens a blessed Advent, Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Kind regards,
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