“To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is … to be fired by a great vision, and to live in the interval between its initial and final realization.”
The King is coming. Jesus Christ has come and will come again. This is the hope of the Church whom He purchased with His blood. Jesus’ coming is the eager expectation and desire of His people. It is our joy because He is our treasure and greatest good. This is the theme of “Advent,” formed from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” It’s the traditional celebration of Jesus’ first advent in humility and the anxious awaiting of His second in glory. The season is a time for remembering and rejoicing, watching and waiting.
“Christ has made it possible for us to live patiently in a world of impatience”
The Advent season officially begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continues until Christmas Eve or Day. Advent is a significant time in the life of the church. Advent is a time of waiting. Advent is patience. In reflecting on Advent, Theologian Stanley Hauerwas says "God has made us a people of promise... Christ has made it possible for us to live patiently in a world of impatience." It’s an opportunity for believers to remember God’s promise to send One who would overcome sin and death forever. God promised a Savior, and He kept that promise perfectly.
Your Kingdom Come
As we look forward to remembering Jesus' second coming during Advent and celebrating his birth during Christmas, we look back to the hope-filled promises in Zechariah about the LORD’s reign, return and the arrival of his Kingdom, manifested in all its glory here on earth.