Advent is a time of waiting, longing and expecting. Not a time of counting down the days until Christmas, but of waiting for the Lord's promised Deliverer. Not of longing for and expecting the excitement of Christmas morning, but of longing for and expecting the presence of our Saviour. In Advent we look forward to the coming of the One who has come and who is to come.
You see, the reason I love Advent is because Advent is all about Jesus. Advent is a season that points us away from ourselves and to Christ. It's a season when we're reminded that all we can do is wait patiently for the Lord; we're reminded once again that we cannot work for our salvation, but only wait for Him who brings salvation.
And as we wait patiently on the God of our Salvation, Advent is often a time when we turn out attention to the longing and expectation of God's people in the Old Testament. We identify with them in their longing as we sing “Rejoice, rejoice, Immanuel shall come to thee O Israel”. We may not be Israelites waiting for the coming of the long-promised Messiah, but we identify with them in their longing. For, like them, we are exiles far from home awaiting the appearing of our great Redeemer.