As you may know, Advent is the first season in the church calendar. Since the 7th century A.D., Christians have included this celebration in their preparation for Christmas Day. The word “advent” originates from the Latin word advenio which means coming to. Advent is the time when we focus on Christ coming to the world, as the Israelites anticipated the coming of their Messiah throughout history. In the Old Testament, over 400 scriptures and prophecies outline His birth, life, death, resurrection, and return. God had a plan to redeem His people. He declared His plan to His prophets over the centuries and is fulfilling His Word even now.
As we walk through the days leading up to Christmas, it is neat to think about the purpose of Advent being twofold: first, it prepares us for the celebration of the birth of Christ and second, it reminds us that we are eagerly waiting for Jesus’ return in glory.
“Prepare the way of the Lord” serves as a main theme of this season. As we get ready for Christmas, we should not neglect to prepare our lives for Jesus, who came as “the light of the world.” His light penetrated a dark world, which allowed all to see their Messiah, and the hope of their future.
Today we need to be prepared for the coming of Christ. Be ready and watchful, for the light of the world has come and will surely come again!
*Adapted from http://www.praise.com/devotions/celebrate-first-week-advent