The meaning of Advent

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Most people confuse the Advent season with early Christmas.  Enhanced by the commercialization of Christmas, the only focus is on celebrating Christmas in ways that refer to Jesus’ birth.  However, we are celebrating Jesus’ birth (His first coming) as a people who anticipate His second coming.  That is the true meaning of Advent.  The word Advent literally means comingEven though it is important to tell the Christmas story during Advent (especially to our children), we should do so in ways that teach us how to prepare for His second coming.  The hope that was born with Christ approximately 2000 years ago is a hope that is oriented towards a future moment when the angels will announce with “a loud trumpet call” that Jesus has arrived again “with power and great glory” to “gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).  May we help each other this Advent season to expect and prepare for His second coming by envisioning how to live into His hope, love, joy, and peace.

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