At 5:02 on the evening of January 26, 1967, it began to snow in Chicago, and it kept on snowing until 10:10 the next morning. In those seventeen hours, a record 23 inches of snow fell on the city and its suburbs. Among the many effects of the blizzard, one was the impression it left on a young writer who later said this about it, “There was so much snow that winter, you couldn’t see; all snow, all ice, and it was very cold. I remember walking through the trenches and the tunnels of ice, the wind blowing so hard you couldn’t even see. It’s an experience that never left me.”
Years later that experience would lead George R.R. Martin to imagine a dark and cold world filled with jealousy, mistrust, fear and hatred. It is a world where people clash for power and control and the right to rule the world as king. It is the world where Game of Thrones is played. It is a world that is similar in many ways to the world in which Jesus was born.
The word “Advent” has its origins in the Roman practice of holding a feast on the anniversary of an Emperor’s rise to power. It was the “coming-to-reign” celebration, or the party, marking each year of the Emperor’s reign. As such, it was an obvious term for the early Christians to adopt in celebrating the coming of our God and King, Jesus Christ, into the world.
Whether you are an avid fan of Game of Thrones or have no idea what Westeros and the 7 Kingdoms are all about, you won’t want to miss this Advent teaching series. After all, Advent and the Christmas season are a perfect time to make sure that the One True King is sitting on the Throne of your life!