Advent is the season observed in many Western Christian Churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. One of the great blessings of Advent is that it unites Christians in focusing on the birth of the Messiah and offers the unified opportunity to be alert for his second coming.
Joining other Christians for a month in the remembrance of Jesus’s birth adds significantly to the joy and wonder of the Christmas season. We remember the miracle of God’s coming to earth in the form of his one and only son, Jesus, the Christ–the long-awaited Messiah. We join with the shepherds, the Magi, and the angels in marking this singular event in human history.
There is a passage of scripture not usually associated with Advent but, to me, exclaims at least part of what Advent should be all about. It lifts up the majesty of God and reminds us to give thanks that he came to earth in human form to show us the wonders of his very being.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:33-36, NIV)