Advent: History, Mystery and Majesty


Advent is about the church’s faith that all of life –past, present, and future—is lived in the presence of God.  Advent is about trusting the promise even while waiting for the promise to be kept by God.

In Advent, the church celebrates Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty.

In history: We celebrate God’s surprising historical entry into the world in the birth, life and death of Jesus of Nazareth.

In mystery: We celebrate the resurrected Christ’s mysterious presence “wherever two or three gather” in Christ’s name.

In majesty: We celebrate the promise that one-day Christ will come in majesty, wiping away every tear and emptying every grave.

Adapted from a commentary on Psalm 25 by Rolf Jacobson on Working

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