We must know where we have come from if we are to have any hope of knowing where we are going. This is why our doctrine of origins is so vitally important. I’m not simply speaking of the origins of the Advent and Christmas holiday season, but more importantly of what lies behind it. What is the origin of the advent of Jesus Christ? How important is the advent?

It’s not simply an isolated story alongside many other stories. In fact, it’s the central story around which all else revolves. To miss it is to miss everything. It’s a story that starts before human history began. For you see, Christ was “the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). “Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM’ ” (John 8:58).

It’s a story that embraces all of human history; for we were “chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.” Human history is the history (or the story) of redemption. Moreover, it’s a story that’s still being told. This is the good news—the Gospel—God delivering on His promise. To understand this story is to understand where we came from, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.