Beth Hanson: What Is Advent and Why Is It Important?

As we gear up for Christmas, Advent reminds us to wait and pray for our Savior Jesus Christ to come again.

If you’re totally confused about what Advent is, don’t feel bad. Lots of Christians don’t know.

Advent is basically a time when we anticipate and prepare for the second coming of Christ.

The season of Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, comes from a Latin word, adventus, which means “coming” or “visit.”

It officially marks the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. Liturgical is from the word liturgy, which denotes all forms and functions of public worship.

During Advent season, believers recall the longing the Jews had for the return of the Messiah, as well as our own yearning for His return.

We are reminded that we are waiting for the ultimate promise that Jesus will return and make all things right. It’s a beautiful reminder that our Savior is coming back!

While we celebrate the first coming of Jesus on Christmas, during Advent, we look forward to the second coming of our Lord.

A great scriptural reminder is in Philippians 3:20, that says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Source: EEW Magazine