“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:15).

Remember what Christmas felt like when you were a child: the excited expectation of presents and food and treats and people you love coming to visit. For children Christmas is all joy in the anticipation, it just happens, seemingly by magic – the only anxiety is over whether you will really get the present you’ve been eagerly hoping for.

This is an example to us of what Advent is all about, the anticipation of the coming of God. For the Jews in 1 B.C. and earlier the yearning was for the promised messiah, in about A.D. 30 the anticipation reached fever pitch as the wild prophet John strode from the desert proclaiming the immanent arrival of the messiah.

Then the anticlimax of the messiah as a man, a very ordinary looking man at that, one who even ate and drank with sinners! This is not what they were expecting, should they be looking for another? (Matthew 11:3).

We also are looking forward to the coming of Jesus (again). Do you have the childlike faith and excitement for this that Christmas should elicit is all children?

This post was inspired by Noel Piper’s post ‘If Not Santa, What?‘ at the Desiring God blog.