Jesus is a personality (Who), Jesus is reality (Is) and Jesus is unique (This). As we grow in our understanding of who Jesus is in all of these qualities, we will be transformed in our thoughts and actions. Living out of that growing knowledge and relationship, we may increasingly embody His life and mission in the world.
This week, we enter into the season that we call Advent. The word points to the nature of the next four weeks as a time of both anticipation and preparation. In our culture, there are many reasons why people look forward to this season: gifts given and received, time off work, and all the joy of a significant holiday. What are you most looking forward to?
Prior to the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, "God With Us," there were men and women who had been living in a state of anticipation and hope for many years. One such person was an elderly man called Simeon. This Sunday we will hear about his longings and the remarkable day when he met God’s Salvation.