Advent and Lent

I’ve been thinking a little about the difference between Advent and Lent for the Christian.  The main difference is that Advent is a season of anticipation while Lent is a time of preparation.  The anticipation of Advent comes from anticipating the birth of the Christ in Jesus of Nazareth.  Advent is a time to celebrate the coming of the King and to spend time reflecting on the implications of that for humanity: mostly, this centers around the forgiveness of God, God’s compassion, God’s love, etc.  Lent, on the other hand, is a time of preparation for the Resurrection.  Lent offers a chance for the Christian to enter into the life of Jesus and spend the time preparing oneself as Christ prepared Himself for the cross.  During Lent the Christian prepares for the cross through a meditation upon what Christ did on the cross, defeating sin and death.  And there is preparation for the Resurrection which is the overcoming of the power of sin and death upon humanity. 

My thoughts for the moment.


About nmcrawford

I'm also a theologian with a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. I work at a church. I live in northern Indiana with my wife and three sons. I also have bipolar II disorder. This is a blog for working out whatever it is I need to work out.
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