Advent // Waiting Expectantly For The Coming King

Advent. Most of us have heard what the word means. Coming, arrival, waiting expectantly – all of these words are connected to it.

Advent: Waiting Expectantly

Too often, we forget about Advent and want to skip right to Christmas, right to that glorious night so many years ago. The night that brought light into our dark world.

But this time of the year is not only about the celebration of a day or even of the perfect life lived or of the perfect sacrifice made, but also about remembering the time God’s people spent waiting for their Messiah, their Savior, to come. About the time the Israelites waited for their King of kings. The people of Israel waited expectantly for hundreds of years. People like Simeon (Luke 2:25) and Anna (Luke 2:36-37).

Advent: Coming, Arrival

About 200 years ago, the King came. As a child in a manger. He humbled Himself. From the throne of heaven to a room shared with animals. That night, all of heaven broke open with glorious praise. One Advent happened then. One coming, one arrival, one waiting was fulfilled.

But that’s not where Advent ends. Another one is still to come. Jesus will come again. And we, God’s people are to wait expectantly, just like the Israelites did so many years ago. That’s what I love about Advent.

Advent: Waiting Expectantly

This Advent season, remember not only that Jesus came, but also that He is coming again. Look to His second coming, His second arrival. Wait expectantly.

“The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Are you tired of how broken and helpless we are? Tired of how broken and hurt this world is? So am I. That means it’s time to celebrate Advent. 

Jesus will come a second time. But this time everyone will recognize Him as the King of kings. He will put an end to suffering, to evil. He will dry every tear from our eyes.

Friend, when you get discouraged, remember Advent. Remember to wait expectantly for the coming King. Because before we know it, we will be in His throne room, kneeling before our Lord and Savior, worshipping the One who alone deserves all praise and honor.


Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a young writer loves butterflies, sunsets, and herbal tea. When not writing, you will often find her reading or taking a walk. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her here. 

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