With the birth of Jesus, more is revealed to us of the character, nature, and purpose of God, and in turn, about our own lives. God is revealed and made known to us in the Son who bears the perfect image and likeness of God. During this Advent season, we will consider different titles given to this child, Jesus, and what they teach us about God and God in Christ.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The Son of Man, Luke 21:25-36.
Jesus is revealed to us as the Son of Man, an apocalyptic Old Testament title for the One who will usher in and complete the Kingdom and Reign of God. The first Sunday of Advent reminds us of the first and second coming of God in Christ.
Advent begins the new Christian year with a season of expectation, anticipation,
and preparation for the first and second coming of Christ.
The color purple symbolizes the royalty of the One for whom we wait and hope. The theme of light is prominent during Advent to remind us that Christ is the light who comes into the world.
The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end. A candle for each Sunday in Advent surround the Christ candle, reminding us that Christ is our hope, peace, joy, and love.
The Chrismon Tree is also full of light; symbols of the Christian faith grace its boughs. The Chrismons on the tree point us to the character and nature of God in Christ, and to our life of faith in Christ.