As we go into this Advent season the word Advent comes from the Latin word that means "coming or arrival". For centuries the church has celebrated the four-week advent season by lighting candles, a wreath and reflecting on the coming of Jesus as told in scripture. The circle of the wreath represents God's never-ending love for us. The evergreen represents Christ's gift of eternal life and the candles announced Jesus as a light of the world. The first week of Advent is the week of HOPE. The story of Jesus' birth actually began thousands of years before he was born. God promised the people of Israel that he would provide a Messiah a savior to save them for their sins. For centuries the people of Israel waited with great hope for the Messiah to come. As it says in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel".
The lighting of the first candle is for Hope
Read scripture Isaiah 9:6 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 a peace.
The second week of Advent is the week of "Peace". This verse tells us that Jesus came to be the prince of peace. The word peace is Hebrew word shalom which means completeness or well-being. Jesus did not come just to end wars but to make us complete by saving us from our sinfulness. All we have to do is trust in Jesus as the son of God who came to save us and we will have the peace or shalom of God.
In this advent season we're reminding you that we've had the first candle of hope the second of peace and the third candle is joy. Luke 2:10-11 but the angel said to them do not be afraid I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people today in the town of David a savior has been born to you he is Christ the Lord.
The third week of Advent is joy. This verse is from the story of Jesus' birth. The angels appear to the shepherds and the fields nearby to announce that a baby had been born in a manger. The angels describe Jesus' birth as good news of great joy because he came to be our savior. The Bible tells us the right after they announce this news to the shepherds thousands of angels appeared in sang glory to God because Jesus had been born.
Read John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.
The fourth week of Advent this week is love. The verse tells us that Jesus came because God loves us so much that he doesn't want any of us to miss out on spending eternity forever with him. All we have to do is believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save us from sin. God's love for us is one of the main themes of the apostle John wrote about in the Bible. He tells us in another verse that the greatest love anyone can have is to give their life to others. John 15 and 13 he also tells us where we are to love one another because love comes from God 1st.
John 4 and 7, The white candle is usually lit on Christmas Eve which that stands for purity, it's called the Christ candle and represents the life of Christ. Christ is pure and sinless.
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