Sunday morning marks the start of the 2022 Advent season. Born from the Latin word adventus , Advent refers to the coming or arrival of Jesus Christ, the long awaited Messiah. The Greek word for advent is parousia and means presence, arrival, or official visit. Once, God’s people, the Israelites, waited for the Messiah—God’s promised King to come and establish His kingdom on the Earth. That promise was fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ. God’s incarnation changed the course of humanity forever.
Today, Christians await the return of Christ—His Second Coming.After His death and resurrection, believers—-followers of Jesus—-began to observe and celebrate Advent in the fourth and fifth centuries in anticipation of Jesus’ return.
so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.Hebrews 9:28 (New Living Translation)
Advent is a season of preparation, prayer, and expectance. It is typically marked by a purple candle being lit each of the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Day, a white candle—-called the Christ candle—-is lit. This liturgical ritual is done as both a remembrance of God’s fulfilled promise in the past and in anticipation of God’s promise yet to be fulfilled—-Christ’s return.
Four key themes of Advent are love, joy, hope, and peace. These focal points help prepare our hearts. To have a relationship with Christ means to fully experience love, joy, hope, and peace. In Jesus, you and I can experience love. We can know joy. We have hope and we can find peace.
Over the next few weeks ahead of Christmas, set your heart on the future. Jesus is coming back.
May your soul rise up to meet the Lord, our Creator as the day rises to meet the sun.
The Devotional Guy™