Advent: What are we waiting for?

Updated: May 15, 2019

We are currently in the season of Advent, a season observed in many Western Christian churches. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. The word ‘Advent’ derives from the Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” Advent anticipates the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. In the Christian religion this is understood in terms of the “Second Coming” of Christ. The theme of readings and teachings during Advent is often the preparation for the “Second Coming” while commemorating the first coming of Christ at Christmas.

My question is: What are we waiting for???

2000 years ago Jesus bore witness and demonstrated the truth, which is that the life-giving Spirit – the same Spirit that was in him – is within us. So why are we waiting for what we already have? What’s left to do is to lift that life and Spirit up out of us and into the world. That’s the “Second Coming” this world is waiting for and needs.

With the typical way Advent is practiced, the Christian religion has us standing around powerless, looking into the sky waiting for Jesus to come back. The reality is that Jesus never left in terms of his Spirit being with and in us, and what we must do now is lift that Spirit out of us.

Here’s another Latin word – animaduertere. It means “to take action.” That’s the season we are in now – not Advent, but Animaduertere. It’s a season to stop waiting and to take action. It’s a season of inner anarchy. It’s a season of tearing down those false mindsets that have been ruling within us. It’s a season to turn to that deep-feeling life, Spirit, and source within us, and to lift it out of us into the world. It’s a season of true and authentic togetherness – speaking what we feel deep inside of us to one another in our own words. The waiting is over! It’s time to birth that Kingdom Jesus spoke of. This is the second coming the world is waiting for.

Christendom has sufficiently convinced billions of Christians that Jesus is one future day going to come back in the sky to save the world, and how his true followers will receive eternity in heaven as their reward. Something about this story always seemed a little fishy to me, and the more I pondered it the more I questioned it. I tugged at one of the threads of that story and the whole thing unraveled, and an entirely different story about the salvation of our world and humankind emerged in its place.

Jesus is not the savior of the world in the way the Christian religion has told people, and that story is actually preventing the world from experiencing the salvation and freedom that Jesus promised. Jesus the person cannot save anyone, but the truth he bore witness to and demonstrated has the power to birth a whole new world, order and age that every human heart has imagined, dreamed and longed for. This powerful truth that Jesus demonstrated is simple and uncomplicated but is difficult for this very reason. It requires starting over. It involves dethroning all the religious and worldly beliefs, mindsets, narratives, stories and ideologies that are ruling us all from within, and turning to an entirely different source within us, which a child accesses naturally.

This is why I wrote Inner Anarchy – to lift up the truth that can save us all… a truth that applies to every person and can be embraced universally without being religious or becoming a Christian. So many people are waiting on the future and the fulfillment of “the return of Christ,” not realizing that this “return” – this breakthrough of the life-giving Spirit into our world – is a reality that is birthed out of us.

©  2009 Jim Palmer Author. All Rights Reserved
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