Christmas has finally arrived. If you have been lighting an Advent Wreath in your home, it’s been four weeks since you lit that first candle signifying the hopes of the prophets. On the second week you lit an additional candle that represented the love that the angels announced to world. On the third week of Advent you added the third candle (the pink one) that represented the joy experienced by the shepherds and the subsequent believers who have chosen to follow Jesus. Last week you lit a fourth candle that represented the peace that was experienced in Bethlehem of that first Christmas Day as God became flesh and began His earthly journey of living among us in a bodily form named Jesus.
Tonight on Christmas Eve or tomorrow on Christmas Day is the time to light a fifth candle … a white candle that is placed in the center of the Advent wreath. This is the Christ candle … the candle that represents Jesus the fulfillment of the hopes of the prophets, the love announced by the angels, the joy of the shepherds, and the peace (well-being) experience in Bethlehem that day. We can rejoice at His coming; but we can also rejoice in the fact that those who chose to believe in and follow Jesus the Messiah will also experience the benefit of being adopted into the God’s Forever Family … the Kingdom of God. Continue reading