This season might have been celebrated in your church or you might be asking…Advent??
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.
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.
There are three meanings of ‘coming’ that Christians describe in Advent.
The first, and most thought of, happened over 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us.
The second can happen now as Jesus wants to come into our lives now.
And the third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.
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.
Although we are accustomed to celebrating Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the Church calendar, the Christmas season lasts sundown on December 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (January 6). This is sometimes popularly referred to as “the twelve days of Christmas.” The Christmas Season “begins with the birth of Jesus and gives us two full weeks to encounter the extraordinary love, threats, dangers and opportunities God’s Incarnation [in the birth of Jesus] set off then and still sets off today.”
So how will you prepare for the coming of Christmas?
Advent devotional….many churches create their own or download this one from Billy Graham or check on line for other resources.
Advent Calendar….great way to celebrate with young children/grandchildren.
Read the Book of Matthew…..reflect on Christ’s life.
Attend Christmas services/performances in the community and church.
Advent Conspiracy a GREAT resource.