Advent is the season of hope and anticipation of the coming of the Christ child. It is in him we have life, and that life is the light of men. And we his people yet wait for that light to appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
The Old Testament prophets pointed to the coming of a Messiah who would bring God’s kingdom to earth. But God’s people had to wait. It began with the promise to Abraham that all nations would be blessed through his seed. That descendent would be the Messiah who was to come. The coming Jesus would save his people from their sin; his people would come to know him and thus reveal God’s glory.
When the time had come, a star shone brightly and led the wise men from the East to Bethlehem. They were led to the one who would one day proclaim, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life,” (John 8:12). The true light that gives life to all men had come into the world. Although the world did not recognize Him, the waiting was over. To those who received him, he gave the right to be called the children of God.
We have seen his glory, but this Advent season we wait for the fullness of that glory. The transforming into his likeness awaits still another coming. Our hearts yearn for more; our spirits long to be filled. We wait patiently. We wait in that place where God said, “let light shine out of darkness,” and made his light shine in our hearts. Also, this Advent we pray for a Spirit of wisdom and revelation that we might know him better:
“We thank you, Father, that through the coming of your Son, you have revealed your glory to us. We thank you that through your gospel you have made us the light of the world to those in darkness and that in that light we see your glory. We know and yearn for the day you will appear again and we will see you as you are and we are like you. By your light we, too, will share in your glory. We wait! Not one of the good promises of God has ever failed. Amen.”