“Tis the season to be Jolly” is the traditional saying we hear this time of year. As it should be, this is the season of joy. Of course, the question that the Church asks is, “why are we joyful?” Setting the Christmas season aside, for most Churches this is a different season. This is the season of Advent. Advent is the four weeks that lead up to the season of Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” Advent is the season where we recognize the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We celebrate the birth of Christ, but we also celebrate, with full hope, Jesus’ second coming.
Jesus’ second coming is clothed with wonder and amazement. Our faith and hope reside in the truth that Jesus is returning. He is returning to complete His work that started with His death and resurrection. He is returning to renew all creation and every believer. He is returning to finish His Kingdom on “Earth as it is in Heaven.” This is why the Church is “jolly.”
We experience the season of joy with great expectation. We are patiently waiting for the return of Christ, which could take place at any moment. As one of our Advent scripture readings states, “As you do all this, you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep. Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith. The night is almost over, and the day is near. So let’s get rid of the actions that belong to the darkness and put on the weapons of light.” Romans 13.
This is a season to be jolly. It is a season of joy because the Light has come into the world to destroy the darkness. The Light of the world has come and is coming. Sickness, sin, and death have no chance of survival because Christ, who is the Light, has come and is coming. Do you feel like the darkness of this world is wearing you out? Is life making you feel depressed, angry, or lost. Then “wake up” for your salvation is waiting for you! It is nearer than you think. Life with Christ, in His Kingdom, has come and is coming. That is why we are jolly. I hope you find joy this season and I hope Christ’s love surrounds you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy Advent!