Advent Week 2- Peace

The Meaning of the Advent Wreath

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I never really paid much attention to the word “Advent” until we started going to the little church we are going to now. Pastor Ellis Keck observed most of the holidays.

The Latin world Advent comes from the word Advent comes from the word  adventus  which means arrival. Advent begins 4 weeks prior to Christmas. From what pastor Ellis said it is a time for us to think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us by coming to earth as a baby.

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 of Peace.

The Second Week of Advent is the week of Peace. The verse above tells us that Jesus came to be the Prince of Peace. Jesus came to save us from our sin.  All we need to do is trust in Jesus Christ and believe that He is the Son of God.

 “The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth — the very thing the whole story has been about.” — C.S. Lewis 

I was looking up what each color of the candle means or represents. The purple candle is called the Candle of Preparation /Bethlehem Candle.   From what a number of websites and resources have said that when the word “preparation” is used, it means to  “get ready”. People Get Ready Song by Crystal Lewis

 

Jesus is the light of the world, and  we should always be prepared for His return. At Christmas time, people have their minds set on getting ready for the return of Christ. In reality and in my view, we should ALWAYS be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ the Messiah.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.  And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders, (Micah 5:2, 4-5)

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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 of Peace.

In closing, I just want to leave you with this prayer; 

Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of your son Jesus who came to be the Prince of Peace and save us from our sinfulness. You sent Your Son as a teeny tiny little baby. He inspired a new way of living in this dark world. Your Son Jesus Christ inspired an awesome way of being in this world, but not of it and I know that I am eternally grateful for His gift of life. Because of this sinless and perfect child’s gift He has become the brightest light of hope and mercy in an otherwise dark and empty world.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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