Justin Evans leads Stone Oak Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. In Advent he composed a list of at least 25 names of Jesus for Advent. This blog would like to share this work by this EFCA pastor. It appears this grew out of a family affair in the pastor’s family.
“The word advent means “expectation.” What advent can do for us is create a sense of hope.“
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2: 1-7 ESV
Zoo Lights at the National Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C. each December for Christmas
Justin Evans is the lead pastor/elder of Stone Oak Bible Church which is down in the San Antonio, Texas area. According to his biography he grew up in a pastor’s family and was a pastor’s kid. For his EFCA church during Advent he wrote a list that he shares with his congregation of all the different names of Jesus. This may be more of a reference but I decided to include it in these posts about how different parts of the EFCA celebrate Advent and Christmas. The name of the original post is called, “Advent Countdown – The 25 Names of Jesus.”
Several years ago my wife and I were thinking about our Christmas traditions. We wanted to focus our family more on the true meaning of Christmas, and we decided to create a new “Christmas Countdown” tradition for our family. Our idea was to spend the first 25 days of December focusing on the different names of Jesus.
So, we made a list (and checked it twice…) of each of His names along with the Scriptures from which they came. Every day we would take one of His names from the Scripture, and we would focus on different characteristics of Jesus as we prepared to celebrate His coming on Christmas.
We chose to print each name and Scripture on a card and place them in numbered envelopes. We have kept these envelopes in our Christmas decoration box and we reuse them each year.
Of course, you can do this in many other ways as well. You could print the list on a sheet of paper. You could write them on a chalkboard. You could keep it on your phone for your personal reading. You could even keep the list in your Bible. However you choose to do it, my hope is that this could be a tool for you to set your focus on Christ this season!
Here is the list:
25. The Word – John 1:1
24. The Light of the World – John 8:12
23. Rabbi/Teacher – John 1:38
22. The Lamb – Revelation 12:11
21. Deliverer – Romans 11:26
20. Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
19. Immanuel – Matthew 1:23
18. The Son of God – John 1:34
17. The Righteous Judge – 2 Timothy 4:8
16. Author of Salvation – Hebrews 5:9
15. Man of Sorrows – Isaiah 53:3
14. Founder and Perfecter of our faith – Hebrews 12:2
13. The Creator of all – Colossians 1:16
12. Good Shepherd – John 10:11
11. Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords – Revelation 19:16
10. Cornerstone – Isaiah 28:16
9. Messiah – John 4:25
8. Alpha and Omega – Revelation 1:8
7. Sacrifice – Ephesians 5:2
6. High Priest – Hebrews 4:14-16
5. The Vine – John 15:5
4. The Christ – Mark 8:29
3. Savior – 1 John 4:14
2. Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
1. Jesus – Matthew 1:21