The Season of Advent

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history.

It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate.

In focusing on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live "between the times" and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God's people. So, as the church celebrates God's breaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which "all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption," it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to "love the Lord your God with all your heart" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. The first Sunday is a celebration of the hope we have in Christ. It is that hope, however faint at times, and that of God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth, with justice and with righteousness over His people and His creation. It is that hope that was once anticipated and is now anticipated anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.

Follow along over the next few weeks as we look at each of the Advent elements of Hope, Love, Joy, Peace and The Christ.

Pastor David

The Season of Advent - HOPE

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018