WHY ADVENT? - 2021
- Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus” which is translated from the Greek word “parousia” – which means “coming.”
- Advent is a season of longing, hope, and wonder as the church reflects on Jesus’ first coming in the incarnation and His second coming.
- In this way, Advent is both looking backward and forward to God’s work in Christ.
- In a very real sense, the Christian community lives in Advent all the time. It can well be called the Time Between, because the people of God live in the time between the first coming of Christ incognito in the stable in Bethlehem, and his second coming, in glory, to judge the living and the dead. —Rutledge
- In light of Christ’s two comings, Advent encourages us to resist the lies of culture and see the world for what it really is and to embrace the one who is truly in control of all things.
- Advent is apocalyptic in that it is God staging an invasion of the world in the grip of sin and Satan and thereby bringing victorious redemption in Christ.
- Advent then is the Season of last things…The special note of advent is orientated toward the promised future.—Rutledge
- Advent, then, is ultimately a season of waiting and expectation. How do we wait on Christ’s return and expect His coming and His help in this holy “in-between”?