The Advent season is a wonderful time of year where we anticipate the coming of Christmas. For most of us, the Advent season is one of busyness with shopping and end-of-year social events. It’s a time of joy, anticipation and excitement, but also stress!
The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus” which means “coming”. Traditionally, it’s observed from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and it’s a way for Christians to remember not only the historical waiting of God’s people for the promised Messiah (Jesus), but also the waiting we now experience for Jesus our King to return in glory.
This year at Menai Anglican, our theme for Christmas 2020 is “Emmanuel”, which means “God with us”, and this term takes on its fullest meaning in Jesus – fully God and fully man.
After a wearying year, it’s comforting and hopeful to remember that our God is not distant, but that he came to be with us in the person of Jesus, and he continues to be with us through his Holy Spirit while we wait for Jesus to come again.
To help us focus on Jesus this Advent season, we’ll be exploring other names or terms for Jesus that are found in the bible; one each day from December 1st – 25th. A short devotional has been written for each one, and the writers and artists are from our Menai Anglican Church family and staff team. We hope you’ll enjoy them and come to know Jesus better.