Waiting. It’s one of the hardest things there is to do. Waiting can be joyful and full of wide-eyed anticipation, like a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve so the morning will come faster, or it can be excruciatingly painful like a patient receiving an urgent request to come see the doctor for the biopsy report.
We spend a lot of time in our lifetime waiting, much of it, mundane. But this is a meaningful waiting; it’s a waiting we want to mark. Advent is all about waiting. Why do we do this? What is the point of waiting for something we already know has come? Because there is so much significance in the event of God becoming human that we will never get to the bottom of it. Like the Jews celebrating Passover every year, recalling all the details of the children of Israel being led out of bondage in Egypt, we celebrate the birth of Christ and revel in the details of this unforgettable story. Each time we find deeper significance in the angels’ song, the shepherd’s wonder, or imagining what must have been going through the mind of Joseph. Each little piece is important.
So, Advent is a little like practicing to wait for the coming of Christ. Think of it as a reenactment. This event was the single most important “beginning” in the history of the world. Had it not happened, we would all be lost in our sin, paying the price we deserve to pay for violating the laws of God. It’s so important, then, that we are going to do it over again this year. Like turning back the clock to a time just before Christ was born. Suddenly a womb opens, a baby cries, and everything changes. God has come in the flesh. Oh, the world may look the same, but it is not. A new doorway has been opened. And when this child dies, a barrier will be broken. The veil over the Holy of Holies will be torn in two, meaning you and I can walk in. We can do what only priests before us could do — and the high priest at that — making us the new priests of a new age. It’s the age of salvation. The Gospel of Welcome has begun.
Each day during Advent we will post a question we encourage you to use in your own reflection, and in discussion with family and friends. Feel free to reply to this email with your answers. We also encourage you to forward this Advent Catch to others. Take the opportunity of the season to spread the word.
- While we prepare to celebrate the first coming of Christ as we look forward to His second coming and the inheritance given to us, a reservation you might say, in heaven … today is the hope we live through the Gospel of Welcome. Tell us how hope is living in your life today through the Gospel of Welcome.
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