Advent 101 - The Season
Article by The Rev. William Cwirla from Higher Things - Dare to be Lutheran
The church year in the West begins with with a preparatory season called “Advent.” The word “advent” comes from the Latin wordadventus, meaning “appearing” or “coming,” referring to the appearing of a great king or even a god. In Christian usage, it refers to the appearing of Jesus Christ in two ways - His first appearing as the Child born of the Virgin Mary and His second appearing in glory on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead. You see, Advent isn’t only about getting ready for Christmas; it’s also about getting ready for Jesus’ final appearing in glory only the Last Day.
We live in the last days, between Christ’s first and second appearances. He is always present with us, and always has been since the beginning. His presence is made audible and visible to us by the Spirit through the preached Word and the Sacraments. Only briefly did the Son of God show His face some 2000 years ago. Only at the end will we see His face again when He appears in glory. Until then, we watch and wait for His second advent even as we celebrate His first.
- Published: 07 November 2014 07 November 2014
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