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 Names of Jesus Advent Calendar

We are delighted to welcome you to Advent 2019!  This year we will help you create a calendar that will focus on the name of Jesus as we count down the days until His coming. Each day of Advent you can “hang up” a name of Jesus and visit here for a reflection on that name. You can hang the jute from a wall or doorway, or even on your tree and use a clothespin to clip on each name. Below you will find all the scripture verses that relate to each name. Look up each verse and use this as another way to pray each day. Each Sunday during Advent, you will notice the narthex filling up with Jesus names. Together, as we pray in our homes, may we find peace and encouragement in His holy name, as we anticipate His coming! Bonus points: take pics of your Advent calendar and post to social media using #stbarbaraadvent2019
​December 1
​The Word
​John 1:14
​December 2
​I Am
​John 8:58
​December 3
​Son of God
​Luke 1:35
​December 4
​Isaiah 59:20
​December 5
​Light of the World
​John 8:12
​December 6
​Lamb of God
​John 1:29
​December 7
​1 Timothy 2:5
​December 8
​Isaiah 7:14 & Matthew 1:23
​December 9
​Isaiah 28:16 & Ephesians 2:20
​December 10
Bread of Life
​John 6:48 & 51
​December 11
​The Vine
​John 15:1 & 5
​December 12
​Glory of the Lord
​Isaiah 40:5
​December 13
​Man of Sorrows
​Isaiah 53:3
​December 14
​Alpha & Omega
​Revelation 1:8
​December 15
​Prince of Peace
​Isaiah 9:6
​December 16
​The Way
​John 14:6
​December 17
​Acts 2:36
​December 18
​Morning Star
​Revelation 22:16
​December 19
​Good Shepherd
​John 10:11
​December 20
​Matthew 16:20
​December 21
​Son of Man
​Matthew 12:40
​December 22
John ​1:41
​December 23
​Luke 2:11
​December 24
​Matthew 1:21

 Day 1 | The Word

By Angela Beeston
​Have you ever thought much about the words that come out of your mouth? We think about what we want to say and then the words follow (well usually). Our words express how we feel and what we are thinking. With our words we can ask for things and perhaps make things happen. Do we ever see our words as separate from us like they are not part of who we are? Of course not they are our words after all. Did you know that Jesus is described as the Word of God? Jesus was with God in the beginning when he spoke and made our world. In fact it was through Jesus as the Word of God that the world was made. (John 1:3). When I think about Jesus being the “Word of God” it helps me understand the “oneness” of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are not 3 completely separate beings but ONE, so united that one is described as the Word(s) of the other in John 1:1. And as if that isn’t incredible enough Jesus, the Word of God, left Heaven one day and became flesh, that means Human! “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” it says in John 1:14. Why would the Word, through which the world was created, become a person down here on earth with us? He came so that we can become “children of God” John 1:12. Our sin had cut us off from God but he loved us so much that he wanted to make it possible for us to have a relationship with him again, not just any old relationship he wanted to make us his children and that could only happen through Jesus his Word. When Jesus as a perfect man died on the cross, he was punished for the sins of mankind, for our sins, the sins that stopped us being part of his family, so that we could be forgiven. Then Jesus came back to life showing us that he had beaten death and then he returned to Heaven. The Word became flesh so that one day we could be children of God forever in Heaven.

 Day 4 | Redeemer

By Justin Moffatt
​Imagine being a slave. I know sometimes we feel like we are slaves when we have to do chores, or go to school, or do anything we don’t like. But back when Jesus was around, there were real slaves and they were really trapped. Imagine being a real slave and really trapped. How would you feel? If a slave (back then) was freed, then someone had to redeem them. Often they did this by paying a price to set them free. Then, once the price was paid, they were ‘rescued’ and ‘delivered’ and ‘set free’. Jesus is the ‘Redeemer’. People who met Jesus knew what that meant. In the book of Isaiah, the Lord God was called ‘your redeemer’. I’ll show you from one verse in Isaiah (although there are lots!). “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you... for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.’(Isaiah 41:13-14) The people of God were stuck in their sin, and were parted from God. But the promise is that God would free them and bring them home. Jesus came not just a teacher. Not just a Lord. But he is a Redeemer who pays a price to free a slave (like me). And when Jesus died he became our ‘redemption’, which means he is our Redeemer. In Ephesian 1:7, Paul wrote: ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.’ So we are no longer stuck in sin. And that’s good news. Right?

 Day 7 | Mediator

​By Matthew Moffatt
God loves peace. The Bible tells us that God wants his people to pray for peace all over the world. It delights God. That’s why we pray for governments and authorities – Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, sailors, soldiers, and the police – so that we might enjoy peace. As the angels sang at Jesus’ birth, “Let there be peace on earth.” But how do you enjoy peace if you have an enemy? The Bible also tells us that all humans have made God their enemy. How do we have peace with God? Who can bring us peace? Not the Queen of England, or the President of America, or the Prime Minister of Australia. It turns out God sent us one person who could bring peace between humans and God: the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. That is what a mediator is. They stand in the middle, between two groups or two people, to bring goodness and peace. When we were God’s enemies, he sent us a mediator. Jesus stood in the middle when we were fighting with God. And that means that we are no longer God’s enemies. Jesus is a good mediator. He ends our fight with God. He brings us God’s joy and peace.

 Day 10| Bread of Life

​By Angela Reading
Have you ever travelled to the Middle East? If you have you would have noticed that there is one item of food served at every meal. BREAD. That’s right! Breakfast, lunch and dinner you can always find some bread at the table. It’s what we call a staple and it’s been at every meal for thousands of years. Even Jesus would have eaten bread most of the days of his life. Did you know you can survive for a long time just on bread and water? Bread is regarded as an essential part of living and is so highly respected as a sustainer of life that in some countries they don’t ever throw bread out. People put it in bags and leave it hanging on fences, doors and trees along the streets so that even the hungriest can eat bread and live. Although bread can keep us alive physically it can’t do anything for our spiritual life. That is why Jesus’ statement is astounding. In John 6:35, after feeding more than 5000 people with only 5 loaves and two fish and then walking on water Jesus declares that he is the giver of life for our spirit. His followers would have understood his statement immediately to mean that we can’t live without Jesus. When we choose to believe in Jesus every day he sustains us and gives us eternal life. We only need to trust in him. “Dear Jesus, Help me to rely on you every day. I know that you are the bread of life and you provide everything I need. Thank you for coming to earth so that I could know you and always be with you. Amen” 

 Day 13 | Man of Sorrows

​By Simon Wearn
Jesus was a Man of Sorrows. His life was very painful - he faced great temptation; he experienced opposition and anger from other people; he saw sicknesses and sadness in the people he met; and finally, he faced violence and died. Is that really ‘good news’ to remember? ...Why? Why would Jesus be a Man of Sorrows? Is God sad all the time? No, not at all! But Jesus came to live alongside us, and go through life’s struggles for us. So now, every time we struggle through life, or find it tough to follow him, we find him walking beside us. He knows how we feel. What’s more – he’s like a sponge; he soaks up our sorrows and sadness, bearing them for us in his life and when he died on the cross. He was a Man of Sorrows for us! And that is good news. So we can rejoice: ‘Hallelujah, what a Saviour’!

 Day 2 | I Am

​By Jodi Lovell 
John 8:58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” “I am” are not words we would normally think of as a name. It sounds more like a sentence with a word missing, like “I am hungry”, or “I am hot”. But when Jesus called himself “I am” in John 8:58, he didn’t forget a word. Jesus knew exactly what he was saying. He was calling himself God. He was saying he was not just Jesus the man, but that he was also God. “I am” was the name God was known by in the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14). And so, when Jesus was speaking to the Jews, a group of people who knew their old testament Bible very well, he knew that they would understand exactly what he was saying: that he is God. So if the name of Jesus, “I am”, tells us that he is not just a man but also God, what does that actually mean? Why does that matter? Does it even matter? It matters a lot! It matters because as God he is the only one able to take the punishment for our rebellion against God. He alone lived a perfect life and so was able to suffer and die in our place. It is because Jesus took the punishment for our sins that God can justly forgive us. It is through this forgiveness that those who trust Jesus can have eternal life with him. So it really does matter, a lot! What a great name for Jesus: “I am”. It shows us that he is God. It shows us how forgiveness and eternal life is possible. Jesus is God himself. He was born and lived a perfect life yet willing died for us. He then rose from the dead proving once and for all that he is God. He is “I am”. What a great thing to remember and give thanks for this Christmas! 

 Day 5 | Light of the World

By Fiona & Ryan Smartt
​Have you ever been somewhere really dark? Not just in your house at night time when you flick the switch to turn off the light. But where it is really dark. Like in a cave. Or underground. Somewhere where there are no stars or street lights or lamps. Now imagine you turn on a torch. Imagine the difference. Suddenly you go from utter darkness to being able to see. The Bible talk about how the birth of Jesus is the arrival of light in a dark world. Many years before he was born the prophet Isaiah wrote: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned... For to us a child is born.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6) As a baby God entered into all the darkness of the world - the ugly bits, the pain, the brokenness - and into that darkness the arrival of Jesus comes as a great light to give hope. It shines in the darkness, for through this baby who will go on to die and rise again comes the rich hope and wonder of grace, the joy of forgiveness and the beauty and goodness of love. Jesus himself is the light of the world. And he promises, whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. At Christmas we rejoice that in the birth of Jesus the true light who gives light to everyone has come into the world. (John 1:9)

 Day 8 | Immanuel

​By Justin Moffatt
As we’ve been learning through Advent, names have meaning. What does your name mean? Jesus had many names and titles, and they all had meaning. One of them was ‘Immanuel’. So what does this name mean? We don’t have to guess, because in Matthew 1:23, an angel of the Lord said to Joseph about Mary: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Immanuel means ‘God with us’. So Jesus is ‘God with us’. Amazing, isn’t it? In the Old Testament, the Israelites wanted God to come and be with them. They wanted him to come and rescue them from their enemies. They wanted God to come and be with them as a fierce warrior. They wanted his presence. They wanted to ‘see his face’. In Isaiah 35:4, the prophet said: Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come... he will come to save you.” When Jesus came, he didn’t stand tall with a soldier’s uniform and a sword, commanding armies to win battles. No, he came in frailty. As a baby, first. In a manger, because every other space was taken. And he came not with a sword, but with words. Good words like ‘The Kingdom of God is near’ and ‘I will never leave you.’ In Psalm 23, we read ‘though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me.’ That’s Jesus. He is still with you.

 Day 11 | The Vine

​Jesus is the vine. In John 15:1-5 Jesus tells his Jewish hearers ‘I am the true vine’. They would have known all about vines, as grapes and wine were a key part of everyday life in Israel. Families would have seen vines growing and known that their food & drink came from the vines. The vine has strong roots and a winding hardy core that is the heart of the plant. And from the vine’s strength grow branches, leaves, fruits and flowers. In this image, Jesus says he is the vine, his people are the branches and their lives of faith the fruit. God the Father is the gardener, removing branches that don’t bear fruit and pruning others to make them more productive. In the Old Testament, the people of God were often referred to as a vine - one that God had chosen and carefully tended as a loving vine-grower. But they were also described as a corrupt or wild vine, not bearing the right fruit or liking the nurture of the gardener. Into this long story, Jesus now comes as the true vine, the true person of God, receiving God’s favor and producing the fruit of obedience. In this true vine, Jesus describes us as his branches, nurtured and sustained by him, pruned by the Father, and producing fruit. Jesus calls us to remain, to abide, to stick with him. We are to keep our branch connected to Jesus. The life-blood of a plant runs through the vine and out to its branches. The intimacy and connection we have with Jesus, is just like that of a branch nourished by a vine. And the result is fruit - prayers, love, service - a life that brings glory to God. So at this time of Advent, as we remember Jesus’ birth, hear his call to remain in him, knowing that the Lord Jesus is the source of your life & strength & from your connection with him will come the fruit of a life pleasing to God.

 Day 14 | Alpha & Omega

​By Fiona and Ryan Smartt
Our young son has just started recognizing and writing letters. Two of the first letters he learnt were the letters A and Z (probably because they are the first two letters in his name!). At the start of Revelation Jesus identifies himself as “Alpha and Omega.” Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and omega is the last letter of the alphabet. In other words Jesus is the A and the Z. He is “the beginning and the end.” But Jesus isn’t speaking about alphabets. He is speaking of reality. Jesus is absolutely the beginning and absolutely the end. Everything that is originates ultimately in him. And everything will somehow end with him. Amidst all the presents, food and functions at Christmas time we marvel at a tiny baby, who is the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the eternal Sovereign Lord over all who in God’s great love has come to save us. 

 Day 3 | Son of God

​By Osea Taito
“And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” - Luke 1:35 (ESV) Mary is getting some very special news. You could tell it was special because there was an angel of the Lord delivering this message in Mary’s living room!! The news - She was going to have a son!! Mary’s son was going to be born, not as a result of a union between a man and a woman, but by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. It is by God’s divine power that Mary will have this baby. And because of this special work of the Holy Spirit and act of God, this baby is holy - pure and perfect – God’s promised king – the one who would save His people from their sin. This is the king whom God promised would come through the line of King David a thousand years beforehand, whose kingdom would have no end. And though David was a great King, God’s promised King would be far far greater. In fact, God refers to this promised king as His son. Well then who is He? He is the one who speaks with the authority of God His father. He is the one who commands the wind and the waves, heals the sick, deaf, and blind and raises the dead to life. He is the awesome one who has the power to forgive sin! He is Jesus Christ - The Son of God.

 Day 6 | Lamb of God

​By Alison Moffitt
Many years before Jesus was born... ...God’s people gathered together. They were ashamed of all the things they had done wrong. Who would take away their sin? Their leader, the priest, stood before them. He put his hands on a goat, and started describing all the wrong things God’s people had done. It was like he was placing all their sin onto the innocent little goat. Then the goat was chased out of the city, taking their sin far, far away. Today we still make lots of mistakes. We sin against God when we think we are more important than him. We sin against God when we forget him and stop loving him. Who can take our sins away? Before Jesus was born God’s people used animals to take away their sin. They would chase goats out of the city. They would sacrifice innocent bulls, birds and tiny lambs. But it was never enough. None of these animals could really take their sin away. And then Jesus arrived. Jesus’ cousin John knew there was something special about Jesus. He saw Jesus walking by and cried out: “Look! It’s the lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world!” And John was right. Jesus was just like one of those innocent animals. He was take outside the city. He was sacrificed. But he is better than an ordinary bull or a goat or a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, and he takes away all our sin – forever.

 Day 9 | Cornerstone

​By Joshua Reading
Many years before the very first Christmas the prophet Isaiah had a message from the Lord to his people. It was that He would lay down a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation and that anyone who trusted in this cornerstone would never be dismayed. Did you know that Isaiah wasn’t actually talking about a rock? He was talking about Jesus! You might be wondering what’s so special about a stone and what does it tell us about Jesus? If you were a builder you would know that the cornerstone is the most important, most carefully crafted and placed stone in the whole building because it provides a strong foundation for every other stone. As stone upon stone is layered into a building the cornerstone takes the weight and holds the building together. Without the cornerstone the building would crumble. The Apostle Paul, tells us that Jesus, the Christ, is the cornerstone. All too often we can build our lives around money, or relationships, or things of temporal value but when Christ is the cornerstone, when we are built around him, we will endure. (Eph 2:20 – 22) Paul explains that as Jesus is the cornerstone upon whom we can depend he is building US into a building, we are being ‘joined together’ (Eph 2:21), we are being ‘built together’ (Eph 2:22) to become a ‘dwelling place of God in the Spirit’ (Eph 2:22) Jesus, as the cornerstone means you can have assurance. We live in a world filled with confusion, doubts and great challenge but the word of God reminds us that the love of God endures, that he will not leave us, that he is with us. As we are built around the cornerstone it means we have a place, as individuals, families, young and old you have a place in God’s house, in his family, in his community, the Church. Some may reject the cornerstone (Matt 21:42) but he is ‘…a precious cornerstone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed’ (Isaiah 28:16)

 Day 12 | Glory to the Lord

​By Jill Williams
Imagine you had someone visit your school who you thought was totally amazing. You rush home to tell Mum and Dad all about the visit. What words would you use to try and get across to them just how amazing this person was? Would you use any of these? The person was - Incredible! Fantastic! Boss! Just wow! Awesome! Amazeballs! When the Bible tries to capture just how amazing God is, it speaks of God’s glory. His glory is all that is incredible, fantastic and awesome about him. The Bible uses words like God’s splendor and his majesty. All these words are wrapped up in that one word ‘glory’. The Old Testament looked forward to a time when the glory of the Lord would come and his glory would be seen. The Lord would be announced by a voice crying in the wilderness. Who was the Lord this voice was announcing? Who was the Glory of the Lord ‘in person’? It was the Lord Jesus Christ! One of Jesus’ disciples wrote about Jesus like this - ‘we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s only Son.’ When Jesus came as a baby and when he lived, he didn’t look very glorious or splendid or majestic. But if we look at him really closely in the pages of the New Testament we can get glimpses of him doing and saying the sorts of things only God can do or say about himself. They are glimpses of his glory. But the most incredible, fantastic, amazing thing about Jesus is his resurrection. He lives forever in glory and will come again so we all see him and will say together ‘Jesus is just wow! Incredible, amazing, and totally glorious.’

 Day 15 | Prince of Peace

​By Paul Beeston
Do you sometimes just long for peace? As the old man Abraham looked to the stars, God made him a promise. He announced that through insignificant Abraham he would pour out great blessing, not just to God’s people but to all nations on Earth. Through the prophet Isaiah God declared that this incredible blessing was to come through one man, yet to be born. He promised “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” (Isaiah 9:6-7) Our families, our country and our world struggles to find peace. But it is only through God’s promised one that this is truly possible. Through his birth, life, death and resurrection Jesus has brought peace for those who trust in him. True peace between us and God. And though we can taste the goodness of this peace now we long for heaven where with Jesus peace will never end.