If you are lighting an Advent Wreath, relight the first Advent candle, the Prophets’ candle, the candle of hope, to remind us that we must prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. Today, begins the second week of Advent, we light the Angel’s Candle. Luke tells us that the angels spoke to the shepherds who were on the Judean hillside …
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NIV)
The shepherd’s hearts were prepared because they listened, came to the manger and worshipped Jesus. Then they went out and spread the Good News of new-born Messiah. But the angel ministered to several besides the shepherds …
- … he explained to Zacharias, the priest, as he offered incense in the Temple that his wife, who was up in years, would give birth to a son, named John, that would be the forerunner of the Messiah.
- … he startled Mary with the news that although she was a virgin, she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah.
- … he explained to Joseph that the child Mary was carrying was God’s Son, and that it was alright to go ahead and marry her because she had not been unfaithful to him.
God does break through the barriers of our earthly existence in a variety of ways to touch us and to help us overcome the problems, the trials, and the temptations of this life.
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 – NIV)
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2 – NIV)
Why? He loves us. God loves us. John says it like this:
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-12 – NIV)
Let us take the time to experience God’s love as we sing the songs of the season, listen to His Word, and attune our hearts to His Holy Spirit so that we too may experience the miraculous. May our worship help us do just that, and may we leave here sharing both the Good News of the Savior’s birth and God’s love with others that we meet.