In anticipation of Christmas Day, many Christians look at the month prior to Christmas in anticipation by celebrating what is called “Advent“. The four Sundays before Christmas Day look at a certain aspect of the coming of Christ. ”
Advent” is based on a Latin word for “coming” because the Old Testament anticipated the coming of the Messiah, a Savior.
Advent traditions vary among various Christian groups. Many Protestants don’t celebrate Advent, but do celebrate Christmas. Christians such as Presbyterians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Catholics, and Orthodox observe Advent as part of their church calendar.
Why is the arrival, or coming of Christ celebrated? To answer that question, it is necessary to go back to the beginning of the Bible.
The Bible teaches that God created the universe and placed two people, a man and woman named Adam and Eve in a place called the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve were created without any sin in them. God told them to tend to the Garden of Eden. The only restriction that God placed on them, to test them, was not to eat of a tree called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they ate from this tree they would die.
I will continue this explanation in the next section.