Advent

ad·vent – The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

As we enter the Advent season, the church is in an interestingly beautiful place in history.  We look back and remember Christ’s first coming.  The promised Messiah was delivered to us as a baby.

In a nutshell, Jesus Christ came humbly, lived perfectly, died brutally, and rose victoriously.  Advent is a time of remembering that.

And yet Advent is also a time where we long for Christ’s second advent.  The day that he will come back to rescue the people whom he has redeemed by his blood for his glory.  As Christ’s church we joyfully celebrate his first coming and patiently anticipate his second.  This is Advent. How fitting to sing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel!”