What is advent anyway?
At the risk of sounding nerdy, the word comes from the latin meaning, coming; which in turn, comes from the Greek word, parousia, which the New Testament uses to describe the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is traditionally a season where Western churches anticipate the nativity celebrations and Jesus’ eventual reappearing.
For the rest of us, it’s the beginning of the Christmas season.
This is the time when we reflect on not just what God has done for us, but what He has become for us. tweet
The angel quoted the prophet Isaiah (Isa 7:14) to Joseph, when he was looking to divorce his pregnant, supposedly virgin fiancee. The message was that Mary’s miracle baby would be called Emmanuel (Matthew 1:18), meaning God with us. This miraculous scandal was the answer to Israel’s longings; they were God’s chosen people, but through their unfaithfulness they were sent into exile. For generations their prayer was for Yahweh to return and two thousand years ago that prayer was answered. God sent Himself to the whole world in the person of Jesus the Messiah.
Today we still long for Yahweh to return, but this time it is to complete what was started when Jesus arose from the dead. The old creation with it’s death and suffering is passing away and the new created order that we now belong to, will one day be made visible as corruption puts on incorruption, and death is forever done away with.
God may seem far away when we watch the news, but when we remember His name we know that God is with us.
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Go well my friends. 😀
P.S. The link is to Jeremy Camp’s interpretation of one of my all time favourites.