ADVENT means “coming” in Latin.
The dictionary defines it as “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.”
Christian theology says ADVENT is the coming or second coming of Christ.
Most of us associate ADVENT with WAITING.
Nobody says, “I love waiting…
- in traffic.”
- in a queue at the grocery store.”
- to talk to a real person on a help line.”
- for your significant other to text or call.”
Notice that in all our waiting, we have a goal in mind, an expectation of what’s to come:
- We are driving to work.
- Ready to get home with the groceries and cook dinner.
- Need someone to win the technology battle.
- Longing for a life-giving conversation.
ADVENT is waiting for the Messiah, for a Savior, to arrive and change the world as we know it.
What were people waiting for when He first came to earth?
- Herod expected a rival for his position and power and sought to eliminate this threat.
- The Israelites were looking for an earthly Warrior King who would take over the world and make them the rulers.
- Mary and Joseph were told to expect the son of God, but had no idea what that entailed.
We are all living in a time of waiting, of ADVENT, waiting for the Second Coming of Christ.
What are you waiting for?
What is your expectation of that day?
Are you ready?