This is the question thrown back at me after I carelessly assumed that everyone knew about Advent. I’m a tragedy of Christendom.
The word “Advent” is the translation of parousia in ancient Greek, which means “presence, arrival, or visit.” It is a word that the ancient writers of the Bible used to describe an event that will take place when Jesus returns on this earth. Now, there are all kinds of books that were written, even some movies made from these books, that give opinions as to how Jesus will return…but I don’t believe the how is as important as the why.
This doctrine in the Christian faith of Jesus’ second return is about restoration. N.T. Wright says that it is God “putting the world back to rights again.” God declared that is was “very good” when He created it; and He intends to restore it.
Given all the crap in this world, what greater hope is there that God would one day restore it all?
This is the glory of Advent.