Monday, December 03, 2012
We have entered the Advent season on the Church calendar. “Advent” in Latin comes from a word that means “coming.” We celebrate and prepare our hearts for the coming of our King Jesus. We remember his coming in the past as a baby in the town of Bethlehem. We celebrate the present as Jesus comes into our heart. And we look to the future as He comes as King to establish His new Kingdom.
In the front of church we have an advent wreath with candles. Each week we light a new candle which symbolizes the expectation of our coming Messiah.
Week 1 - (Purple Candle) Represents HOPE, signifying the hope that we have in Jesus when we allow Him to lead us out of darkness into light.
Week 2 - (Purple Candle) Represents PEACE. Jesus came to bring peace. From the words of Zecharias in Luke 1:79….”He will guide our feet into the way of Peace”.
Week 3 - (Pink Candle) Represents LOVE. We are reminded that He is Love and that He loves us with an everlasting love and that we are called by Jesus to love others.
Week 4 - (Purple Candle) Represents JOY. The angel in Luke 2:10, "...I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” As the day of celebration draws close we become excited with anticipation and joy. We are reminded that a life with Him is one full of Joy!
On Christmas Eve a final white candle is lit.
This Advent let us all prepare our hearts for the coming of the King.