Advent. It means coming or arrival. But when we look closer at its root Latin word adventus we find it means something more.
Adventus was used by ancient Romans to describe the glorious entry of an Emperor into his city after a triumphant victory in battle. Glorious entry! I find this fascinating!
We as Christians are between two Advents. The first arrival of Christ when He came as our Savior in the tiny form of a babe swaddled in a manger. And His second and final arrival. His coming to be with us forever.
Isaiah heralded His first coming seven hundred years before His birth, saying He would be called Immanuel…God with us.
With His first arrival He came offering us hope that our salvation only depended on our faith and relationship with Him. We no longer had to feel the need to strive or earn our salvation.
With His first arrival He offered us a peace that transcends any peace the world has ever known before He came.
With His first arrival the world now has good news of great joy for ALL people. A joy that sustains and remains in us, helping us feel full and complete.
With His first arrival He loved us so extravagantly. Leaving His throne in Heaven to walk among us, as one of us. He loved on everyone and called us His children and friends.
John heralds His second coming and Christ’s final victory over Satan and the triumphant glorious entry of God in His city when He will be with us always.
And now, we wait. We wait, basking in the hope, peace, joy, and love He left for us until He comes again. We wait for His second coming. His second arrival. His “adventus”, as the ancient Romans would have called it. His glorious entry as the victorious King of Kings into His city! His new Jerusalem!
This Advent season may we remember Immanuel…God is with us. Let us remember all that He gave us with His first arrival and all that we have to look forward to with His second arrival. His adventus. His glorious entry!
* Take time to read these scriptures today:
Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and name him Immanuel.
Matthew 1:21-23 – “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Revelation 21:2-3 –And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. “
Revelation 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
* Think About It:
Grab a journal, a notebook, your phone, whatever and wherever you prefer to record things and start journaling this Advent season. Think on the word “adventus” and how the ancient Romans used this word to describe an emperor’s glorious entry. In your journal, write what it means to you to between the two Advents of Jesus first and second coming.
Blessings to you this Christmas and Advent season!
NOTE: All upcoming Advent posts will be posted to Life Exquisite’s blog on Monday’s. We will be talking about each Sunday’s candle lighting of hope, peace, joy, and love, and what each of those words represent with Jesus first and second arrival.
In addition to the Advent blog posts, are two other things Life Exquisite is doing this Christmas and Advent season. The first is that myself and others will be studying from the “Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope” study from She Reads Truth. You do not have to have the book to join us, just the desire to learn more about Advent and Jesus coming. Just go to Life Exquisite’s Facebook page, find the Advent group post invite, and like or comment as to if you wish to join.
The Second is that we’re sharing a family tradition with you that started with our first born’s first Christmas. A verse every day starting December 1, and counting down to Christmas Day, that shares story of Jesus birth. You can follow these daily verses on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
*All biblical references are ESV unless otherwise noted.