LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Biola University’s 2023 Advent Project will begin on Saturday, December 2, launching the 11th anniversary of the Biola Advent project. Biola’s Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts has offered the unique, arts-focused daily digital Advent calendar for many holiday seasons. With over 60,000 subscribers globally, the online project invites participants into a rhythm of reflection and anticipation, encouraging recipients to prepare their hearts and meditate on the life of Christ during the Christmas season.
“The message of Isaiah to his contemporaries rings out to us across the centuries for the next 35 days – 35 days of divine invitations to repent of our sin, to remember God’s promises, and to behold God’s glory. Stay with us until Epiphany in January so that you can experience the unspeakable joy of Christ’s coming kingdom when he will restore all things,” said, Dr. Carmen Imes, professor of Old Testament, in the introduction video of the project.
This year’s project’s focus is “The Vision of Isaiah: Praying with the Poet Prophet of Advent.” Meaning “salvation of the Lord,” and being the first major prophet, Isaiah brought comfort and warning to those around him. Through the eighth century, filled with tremendous upheaval and unrest, Isaiah refused to back down and brought God’s truth to the children of Israel. The book of Isaiah covers a broad range of themes such as God’s justice and desire for repentance from sin, as well as his great love and desire to redeem his people.
December 3 marks the first day of Advent, which lasts until the day of Epiphany, January 6, 2024. Each day the Advent project will highlight different passages of Scripture and a devotion written by a member of the Biola community, accompanied by a piece of visual art, poetry or music. The CCCA hopes that the written and visual elements shared in each devotional will challenge participants as together, they open their hearts and lives to the Christ of Christmas.
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