Every year, for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, we observe the season of Advent. The word Advent means “a coming or an arrival.” Christians live in the Time Between. The Already and the Not-Yet. The span separating Jesus’ first coming, as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem, and his second coming, in glory, to judge the living and the dead. As such, it is a time to acknowledge the present darkness - the disappointment, brokenness, suffering and pain that characterize life in this present world. But to hold it in tension with the promise of the future consummation of the kingdom, and to watch and wait. Each Sunday during this Advent season we will look at who Jesus claims to be in his own words. These I AM statements also reveal the deep soul longings in all of us that will only be met when faith becomes sight and we walk by the light of his glory.