Advent isn’t about Jesus
Advent is all about Jesus
Those statements seem contradictory don’t they. Well, they are both true. In a way…
You see Advent is more about the absence of Jesus and less about the presence of Jesus. So you might say Advent isn’t about Jesus at all, it’s about you!
Advent is about you and that hunger that lies at the core of your being. That longing that you feel deep in your bones. It’s about that edge of your seat anticipation that you just can’t shake.
Advent is best experience in all of these moments, when you roll over, gasp for air, grit your teeth, and hold your breath… when in those moments the only words you can get to slip through your angst are the words, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”
This Advent cry, “Come, Lord Jesus, come” is what also makes Advent all about Jesus.
I was doing some reading today and this was my Psalm,
“Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord. Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God; do not let them gloat over me. Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.””
You see, this is an Advent Psalm!
AWAKE! Come, help a brother out! Nothing is going right and there are all these people about to crush me!
That’s the Psalm. And that is an Advent cry! That’s a familiar cry!
We cry out for Jesus to come in his birth.
We cry out for Jesus to come again.
We cry out for Jesus to come in all the moment in-between.
Advent is the time God gives us to remind us how to wait. How to be patient. How to be honest in those moments, like the Psalmist, when God seems absent and ruin seems immanent. We’ve all been there. We’ve all cried out, “COME LORD JESUS!” or maybe “HELP ME JESUS!” It’s during Advent that we, the Church, practice together the art of longing and waiting and preparing. It’s during Advent that we learn to live faithfully instead of extravagantly because we are reminded that all the toys and goods are not what we really want or need anyway.
So we learn to wait for the right thing, not just the thing I want right now.
We learn to pray, hope, want and wait faithfully. This is the gift of Advent. This is all about Jesus!