What is Advent?
I’ll be the first one to admit that it is a “churchy” word. You probably don’t hear it outside of “church world”. Afterall, the word, “advent” has its roots in the Roman Catholic tradition derived from the Latin word, “adventus” which literally means “coming”.
Putting “advent” in its right place, it is a “churchy” word that is often connected to getting ready for the coming of Jesus at Christmastime. So, we plan parties, decorate homes, prepare for church services, and listen to carols.
But, whether you grew up with the word, “advent” or you’re just learning about it - I want to invite you to consider how the first Christians thought about and practiced advent.
They didn’t see advent as manger scenes, charcuterie boards, Amazon lists, and Pentatonix on Spotify, but rather looking for Jesus to return (Matthew 24:36, John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, Revelation 22:7).
Simply put, advent was about their hearts - not about their calendar.
They practiced silence. Diligently looking. Waiting well.
So, over the next three weeks of blogs, I’m going to help us dive into silence, looking, and waiting… not for Jesus in a manger, but for Jesus coming back and making all things new (Revelation 21:5).
So, share this blog with family and friends as we rest in silence to hear God speak through prayer. Look diligently for ordinary things that point to Jesus’ presence today and his coming in the future. And, wait well as we are patient - not jumping to conclusions, but resting in God’s Word.
Sure, in this season of “advent”, let’s continue to get ready for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Hang lights. Sing carols. Go to church.
Let’s also prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus - whenever that will be.
Jesus has come. Jesus is risen. Jesus will come again.
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.