Jesus has come and Jesus is coming. There is so much hope found in the season of Advent!
We carve out this time each year to acknowledge the story of the coming of Jesus. The word Advent is derived from the latin word adventus which means “coming.” The season of Advent is recognized the four Sundays prior to Christmas and it represents the incarnation of Jesus and His second coming.
The coming of Jesus is foretold in Isaiah 9:6:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
One of the most appropriate words to describe Christmas must be the word “anticipation.” There are so many things that so many people anticipate during this hustling and bustling season of Christmas. The anticipation of schools closing for Christmas break, the excitement of finally being able to give your loved one a special gift, the arrival of out-of-town guests. There is so much to anticipate and so much to prepare for. But what are we really doing when we anticipate the good things of this season? At it’s core to anticipate is to wait.
Waiting is hard.
For young people the month of December is simply one long process of waiting for the next exciting thing to happen. Even as adults, we spend a lot of time silently waiting for the excitement to begin. But just as quickly as it begins, it comes to a screeching halt and we are met with the reality of our normal lives as January approaches. It’s a cycle that we experience year after year. Tremendous joy and excitement followed by the reality of normalcy.
God wants us to enjoy all that this season brings. However, as I tend to recall this time each year, if I’m not cautious, I will anticipate a long list of things that will eventually pass me by without spending time anticipating the one who will never pass me by. Even with our best of intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in it all.
So as we enter this season of Christmas – this beautiful season of Advent, may we find ourselves waiting with eager anticipation for the coming of Jesus. The one who has saved us from ourselves. The one who has come. The one who will come again.
“…keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 1:21