Long ago, God spoke many times + in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets…
The book of Hebrews opens with a look at God’s history of promises to His people across generations, preparing them to recognize the signs of the Savior who would one day come to rescue the world He so loved. Jesus, the Word through whom creation came into existence (John 1:1–4), became God’s definitive, redemptive Word to us.
At Christmas, we celebrate the revelation of Jesus—once an ancient prophecy given to our spiritual forebears, now received by us through His arrival into human history. At the same time, we look to the world’s physical and spiritual frontiers, where more than two billion people are still waiting to hear this Good News.
In the following pages, we consider some of the names of Jesus found throughout scripture, celebrating His embodiment of God’s grace that ushered in the dawn of a new Kingdom. As the exact imprint of God’s nature, in whom His fullness was pleased to dwell (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:19), Jesus invites us to know and experience all the generosity of the Father through Him.
The Advent season’s twin realities of anticipation and joy remind us of the tension of the now-and-not-yet of God’s Kingdom. We celebrate the flourishing life Jesus came to bring while looking toward His final redemption and restoration of creation. The Good News God promised long ago—then announced to shepherds one astonishing night—remains Good News for all people, for all the ages to come.
Perhaps you’re exploring for the first time what you think about Jesus. Or maybe you’re longing for a renewed sense of appreciation and wonder for the gift of God, who put on flesh and came to live among us. Wherever you find yourself at the start of this Advent season, we invite you to listen for how He’s still speaking today.
The glory that broke forth in Bethlehem was only the beginning of the kindness God has yet to show us (Ephesians 2:7).