When I was a child, I always thought it would be thrilling to be an archaeologist and explore long hidden civilizations – to see what people did in past times – to unearth relics and other treasures. Of course as I grew older, I realized how much time and money it would take to educate myself. The idea sat on the shelf, along with being a brain surgeon, psychologist, writer, actress and teacher. Still the dream of digging up things from the past has always been an exciting dream for me.
It seems we find satisfaction in adventure. The word actually comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” Other words were also formed from this root word, like “adventure” which means an exciting or unusual experience. The actual meaning of the word “advent” is the expectation of the arrival of something special. Some of the synonyms for this word are; onset, beginning, commencement and start. All of these are perfect words to describe the coming of the King of Creation.
As we celebrate this Advent season, which is the preparation time before Christ’s coming, we can look forward to a very exciting adventure. It’s the anticipation we feel in knowing that our Savior God came to take away our guilt. The adventure is like none other. The tiny child we worship would be like no other king. He had no servants, but became one Himself. This was the child the Israelites were promised centuries ago. He came, He suffered, He died, He rose from the dead and He returned to His heavenly throne to take His rightful place next to His Father. There He will reign through all eternity and wait expectantly for those who believe in Him.
Our human nature always wants to know what will happen in the future. Where will we be – what will we be doing – will we be successful? We don’t always like to look at the past, because it’s often a reflection of the mistakes we’ve made. We want instant answers and a clear picture of the future. We also want the assurance that our lives are going to get better. Part of the excitement of adventure comes from not knowing all the details.
Adventure comes in all sizes, shapes and form. The One who was promised, Jesus, came to earth to live with us as a brother. He is God incarnate. He fulfilled the promise of the prophets and will come again. As we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s first coming, let’s look into the future when He will come again. That’s when the true adventure begins.