The word ‘Advent’ originates from Latin – ‘adventus’, which means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. For us, Christ’s followers, it is the time of year to look for the coming of Christ – first, to bring our salvation and then to reign in glory! This season starts four Sundays before Christmas, so the start date varies every year. This year it was on Nov 27.
For these four weeks we meditate on Christ’s coming, much like God’s people waited 1000s of years for Him to arrive. We must proclaim the Good news to whoever wants to hear it, and then some! Contrarily, today we get busy in materialism: buying gifts, buying food and making meals, retail shopping of clothes, planning and putting up decorations, etc. These activities leave us little time for the most crucial – to spend time with Jesus or to meditate on Christ’s coming.
Have you started this activity? It is not too late. Start this last week leading to Christmas in meditation. Today, spend time with the One Who loves you, Who took all your sins and pain, Who is always there for you, Who put you in His place at the right hand of God because of your faith in Him. Give glory and praise to the One who loves you enough that He died for you. Give vent to your worship and praise to Lord Jesus Christ this advent. And don’t forget to proclaim the Good news from the mountaintops with the boldness you receive from the Holy Spirit!