Salt & Light is featuring excerpts from various sources each week this December to share a taste of fresh perspectives on the familiar accounts about the coming of Jesus Christ.

In his book The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, John Piper offers a daily devotion for the season of advent, the season of waiting on a Saviour. His purpose in writing is to remind readers of “the greatness of the old truths.”

Piper describes the coming of Jesus Christ to dwell as man on earth as God’s Search-and-Save Mission.  (The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10)

The word advent means “coming”. In this season of the year we focus on the meaning of the coming of the Son of God into the world. And the spirit of our celebration should be the spirit in which he came…:

Luke 19:10 “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

The coming of Jesus was a search and save mission…

So Advent is a season for thinking about the mission of God to seek and to save the lost people from the wrath to come. God raised him from the dead, “Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess 1:10) It’s a season for cherishing and worshipping this characteristic of God—that he is a searching and saving God, that he is a God on a mission, that he is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is never in the maintenance mode, coasting or drifting. He is sending, pursuing, searching, saving. That’s the meaning of Advent...

Jesus came into the world at the first Advent and every Advent since is a reminder of his continual advent into more and more lives. And that Advent is, in fact, our advent—our coming, our moving into the lives of those around us and into the peoples of the world.