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“Advent” means both “start” and “arrival”. These words, on their surface, suggest almost opposite things; how can someone “start” to arrive, and yet “arrive” at the same time? But that’s just what we celebrate during Advent, because that’s just what Jesus is: Jesus is both “on his way” and “arriving now!”
During worship in December, we read Scripture that describes the arrival of John the Baptist who is preparing for Jesus (as an adult) to appear, while singing about shepherds and angels and wise men who gather to look at the new-born King. Of course, Jesus is already among us “where ever two or more gather” in His name, and we do confess that we look forward to his coming again to “judge the living and the dead.”
So, Jesus is “on his way”, both traveling and fully here. As the advent hymn sings, “Come, O Come, Emmanuel!” which could also be said, “Please arrive soon, God-With-us!”
May our daily celebration of Advent bless those most who see Jesus least.
See you in Worship, Church!