Week Ending Sunday, December 2, 2018
The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical -- from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.] Definitions done for you, Dusty.
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
Another word that comes from adventus is adventure. Everything written in the first two paragraphs is from a defining by the Methodist Church. But don’t you really get excited when you think and feel like there is an adventure coming your way? Really, there is nothing more exciting than the imagination stirring the pot about what “might” be in the works on an upcoming trip, or a new job, or a visit to a friend or relative not seen in a long time.
One step further and we apply the word to the “Coming of the Christ”! I ask you, is there a bigger adventure than that? We can only imagine what that might look like because none of us has seen it. But think of what it is: The Son of God born into this world to walk among us! If you believe and if you dwell on it and if you believe it happened then the adventure is yours for a lifetime as a Christian walking on that journey on the path he set for you. Think on that for a moment. Would he set you to walking a path that was just blasé or would he make it wondrous, beautiful, awesome, full of light and life? Would he make it adventurous? I think so.
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