The season of Advent is in full swing. Are you celebrating? We are this year. And it's the first in a very long time. To be honest, I really never understood the point of Advent growing up. We always lit the pretty pink and purple candles at church on Sundays. And we got to eat the chocolate from the Advent calendars, but I never knew why.
So I'm asking (and answering) that question now: Why do we participate in Advent?
Advent: derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming" or "arrival".
But what does that even have to do with Christmas? This season, these 4 weeks of Advent, are a season of waiting and anticipation for the the coming of Christ.
The Israelites waited for His first coming for thousands of years. The very first prophesy of His coming was given to Adam and Eve in the garden. The prophecies continued over the centuries. And they waited.
And then 400 years of silence from the Lord. But that silence was broken by the sound of a crying baby; "born a child, and yet a King". What they had hoped for became reality. God had not forgotten them. He remained faithful, even when they had not, He kept His promise.
And now, just as the Israelites did, we wait. We anticipate the second coming of Christ. We are full of hope because we know He keeps His promises. He is faithful. He will return. And when we start to wonder if He's really coming, we can look back at how long the Israelites waited. And we can be confident in what God told Isaiah:
"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts." ~Isaiah 55:9
So, this Advent season, take the time to pray and meditate on the true meaning of the season. We are in a season of hopeful waiting and anticipation. Is that your heart? Are you yearning for His return? Are you believing that He will do what He said He would? Are you confident that He keeps His promises?
In closing, I would love for you to watch this short video. They played it at our church a couple of weeks ago and it is powerful:
Advent: God With Us from The Village Church on Vimeo.
Merry Christmas and Happy Advent!