O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel.
We are at the beginning of the season of Advent. Advent means ‘appearing’ and looks back toward Jesus’ birth over 2,000 years ago while also looking forward to His future return.
Historically, Christians have celebrated Advent as the beginning of the church year, which is a journey through the life of Christ and the life of the early church. Advent is a four-week time of heart-preparation and thoughtful repentance as we draw near to Christmas. We enter into the longing of God’s people, Israel, as they awaited the Savior, then celebrating the birth of Jesus with all the hope, joy, and light He brings. But we also enter into the anticipation of waiting for His coming with renewed focus.
Here’s a question for you:
How are you waiting for Jesus’ coming this Advent, whether His birth or His anticipated return?