What is Advent?

The word “advent” means “coming.” During the season of advent we get ready in expectation for the coming of Christ. But, not as a baby in a manger. We prepare in expectation for his second coming in the clouds as the Judge of the world.

Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17, Hebrews 1:2), as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom.

It is a season filled with expectations. However, as Christmas approaches, the focus of Advent sometimes gets lost amidst the chaos and craziness that comes with the holiday season. We all know that too well. But in the midst of the busyness it remains a time of preparation. These four weeks leading up to Christmas summon us to reflect, remember and give thanks.

So, to help us focus our attention on the heart behind this special season, we are providing you with this four-week devotional guide to walk you through Advent.