Event — 7th October 2020
Advent to epiphany: Reflections for the season written by the people of Nazarene Theological College
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This Advent season will be like no other in the memory of any of us. Many of us are waiting – with varying degrees of patience, longing, hope, anxiety, trust and despair. Some of us have experienced loss and are grieving; others of us have been spared that same sense of loss, although all of us in the community of faith both rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
And yet, through this time of Advent, as we await the celebration of the enactment of God’s future amongst us in the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, we are also invited to lift our eyes to see the big picture – the restoration and transformation of all things. We already know the future, and it is good. We know that all creation will join with myriads and myriads of people from everywhere offering praise to the One who sits on the Throne and to the Lamb that was slaughtered and is alive forevermore. Even now, although we do not see all things restored, we see Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
These readings take us through the days of leaning forward into the future by the prophets. We arrive at a manger where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, Messiah, Emmanuel, God with us, Word made flesh, the Saviour of the world. We follow the holy family to the Temple for Epiphany, the revealing of the infant Jesus to Simeon and Anna and celebrate with them God’s faithfulness in this babe in arms.
So, through these brief reflections offered by the people of Nazarene Theological College, reflecting on selected scripture readings for this season of the year, we invite you to lift up your heads, see the reality of God’s redemption story and rekindle hope for the future.
May they inspire, comfort, challenge, and prepare us for the future, knowing that all will be well.
Deirdre Brower Latz (Principal)