This week marks the beginning of Advent, the ‘countdown’ to Christmas. In this season, we remember and anticipate. We recall the coming of Jesus’, we think of the angelic visits to Mary and Joseph, we consider the anticipation of God’s people as they awaited God’s Messiah and we chow down on the pieces of plastic we call ‘chocolate’ in our Advent calendar.
In Advent, we remember the anxious anticipation of God’s people as they awaited the promised Messiah. The one who would come to free Israel, the one who save them from their oppression.
We see this anticipation clearly in Isaiah 64:
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
This week, as we enter into the season of Advent, we are reminded of our great need for our God. As we’re in this time, the Now, but Not Yet, we’re reminded that Christ has come, and we anticipate when he will come back to bring the kingdom of God fully while we seek to faithfully do the good works that he has set before us to do.