What is Advent?
Advent is a Latin word that means "coming". The season of Advent focuses on Christ coming to into the world as a baby born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. From the fourth Sunday before Christmas until Christmas Eve, believers in Christ from all around the globe do two things: remember and anticipate.
During Advent, we remember when our Savior stepped out of eternity into time to take on flesh. He came to live among us and offer His life for us, dying for our sings and rising from the grave. At Christmas, we don't just celebrate that He came; we celebrate why He came.
We also anticipate Christ's promised return. After Jesus finished the work He had come to do, He promised He would return to establish His kingdom for all eternity. Celebrating Christmas is an act of worshipping the living Savior who will come again to make all things new.
Jesus Christ has come, and He is coming again. This is the heart of Advent.