Advent marks the season of turning, of leaning our hearts and minds and souls toward the celebration of Jesus’ birth. This time is for appreciating and rejoicing in the Savior who has come—and for noticing our longing for the Savior who is still to come.
The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” Our hearts wait for Jesus’ coming again—while we also celebrate his first coming, his birth more than 2000 years ago. The old hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” well represents our heart’s cry during the Advent season:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
The song expresses our desire for Jesus to come again. To come and rescue us. But when we sing this song, we sign it to Emmanuel—a Hebrew name for God, which means “God with us.” We sing to a God who has already come, who is here with us, right now. But, at the same time, we sing about how we’re waiting and wanting Him to come again.
Jesus came! He came for you. And He is coming again.
Now, when you think about the word waiting, what do you think of? When you picture someone who is waiting, what comes to mind? Someone who is standing still, passive and frustrated?
Well, the kind of waiting we do, when what we’re waiting for, truly, is Jesus–it isn’t passive. And it isn’t frustrating. Far from it. It’s active, and it’s exciting. When what we’re waiting for, truly, is Jesus, then we, very naturally, become filled with joy and peace and hope. Because we are filled with Him. Remember, though we wait, He is already here. In us.
So, the question is . . . What, exactly, are you waiting for? What are you hoping for? Right now, what dream do you most want fulfilled?
Join us for “What You Are Waiting For This Christmas.”