He comes to us

advent (n.)

“important arrival,” 1742, an extended sense of Advent “season before Christmas” (Old English), from L. adventus “a coming, approach, arrival,” in Church Latin “the coming of the Savior,” from pp. stem of advenire “arrive, come to,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + venire “to come”

via Online Etymology Dictionary.

We are now in the season of Advent.  The word derives from the Latin venire (“to come”) + ad (“to”).  So the word can be rendered “He comes to.”  Advent is about Christ coming to us.

Luther said that it isn’t enough to believe that Christ died.  We need to believe that Christ died for us, for me, for you.  Christ rose from the dead for you.  When we realize the “for you,” we have gone from historical information to saving faith.

Similarly, God became Man for you.  Christ came for you, and He still comes to you, and He will come again for you.

May you have a blessed Advent!

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Maybe not.

    (if you are a Calvinist)

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Maybe not.

    (if you are a Calvinist)

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’d think that the “Maybe not” comment would be more applicable to the modern evangelical baptist / non-denom / seeker-sensitve “accept Jesus into your heart” types.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’d think that the “Maybe not” comment would be more applicable to the modern evangelical baptist / non-denom / seeker-sensitve “accept Jesus into your heart” types.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Maybe, Mike.

    But I think it’s the Calvinists who believe that Christ only came ‘for some’ (not all).

    “Hey! Did you know that Christ might have died for you!?”

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Maybe, Mike.

    But I think it’s the Calvinists who believe that Christ only came ‘for some’ (not all).

    “Hey! Did you know that Christ might have died for you!?”

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Oh, Ok. I get what you mean now.

    I was thinking along the lines of we go to Christ, rather than the other way ’round.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Oh, Ok. I get what you mean now.

    I was thinking along the lines of we go to Christ, rather than the other way ’round.

  • George A. Marquart

    “When we realize the “for you,” we have gone from historical information to saving faith.”

    True, but we cannot, by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called us by the Gospel, …

    A Church, in which, according to Sasse, the Holy Spirit has lost His citizenship, needs to be reminded that it is He Who testifies of Christ, and He Who brings us to faith and preserves us in it.

    Peace and Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  • George A. Marquart

    “When we realize the “for you,” we have gone from historical information to saving faith.”

    True, but we cannot, by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called us by the Gospel, …

    A Church, in which, according to Sasse, the Holy Spirit has lost His citizenship, needs to be reminded that it is He Who testifies of Christ, and He Who brings us to faith and preserves us in it.

    Peace and Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  • Hanni

    Thank you for this post, Grace and Peace to all

  • Hanni

    Thank you for this post, Grace and Peace to all


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