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The Advent season has come upon us once again. It’s time for us all to open up those boxes in the back of the storage room and dust off our decorations. It’s time for us to ward off the chill of
winter with the warmth of evergreen boughs, bright lights, candles, and quite possibly Boney M’s “Christmas Album.”
We all know that there’s more to Advent and to Christmas itself than all of these secondary things (as good as they may be). We know that the reason for the season is Christ and Christ alone.
So I encourage you and your family to help focus yourselves on Christ by following through the scriptures in this section and read about our need for Christ, the prophecies
about Him, His identity, His coming on that first Christmas day, and His immanent return.
I trust that as you work through these scriptures the Spirit of God will begin a work of transformation within you and your family. I hope that you will recognize and embody the truth that, as Robert Webber says, “The primary focus of worship and spirituality during the Cycle of Light [Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany] is the incarnation of God into our history to rescue creatures and creation. He was born to die that we might live.”
Once we grasp this truth (maybe for the first time or maybe you need to strive to see it again for the first time) our lives and the lives of those we come into contact with can never be the same again.
Pastor Timothy Braun
What is Advent?
Advent is the name given to describe the four weeks before Christmas. The word “advent” means “coming” or “the arrival of something important”. As Christians we use this time to celebrate
the coming of the Messiah, Jesus, to earth. Traditionally, advent begins on November 27th.
How do we Celebrate Advent?
In order to celebrate Advent we can use an Advent Wreath. The wreath is rich in symbolism and helps us focus our thoughts on Jesus.
The Advent Wreath: Symbolism:
The Circle – represents God’s never ending love that He showed to us by sending Jesus to earth.
The Green – represents the everlasting life that comes from Jesus when we accept His forgiveness for our sins and live our lives for Him.
The 4 Candles – represent the 4 Sundays before Christmas Day.
The three purple candles represent the royalty of Jesus as the Son of God and the King of our lives.
The pink candle represents the joy of having Jesus in our lives.
The light that the candles give remind us that Jesus called Himself, “the light of the world” (John 8:12).
The White Centre Candle – is the “Christ Candle”. It represents the purity of Jesus and is lit on Christmas Day (and sometimes Christmas Eve) to remind us that on Christmas Day Jesus came into the world and into our lives.
Promise (Light one Purple Candle)
A Saviour is Promised to Eve. Genesis 3:1-6, 13-24.
A Saviour is Promised to Abraham. Genesis 12: 1-3; 15:1-6; 17:1-8
A Saviour is Promised to David. 1 Chronicles 17:10(b)-15
Isaiah Promises a King. Isaiah 9:2-7
Isaiah Promises a Saviour. Isaiah 53:1-12 (the whole chapter)
The “Son of Man” will reign forever. Daniel 7:9,10, 13,14
A Peaceful Reign. Isaiah 11:1-9
Week Two: Light (Light two Purple Candles)
All the world is in Darkness. Romans 1:18-22
Light came into the World. John 1:1-12
God is Light. 1 John 1:5-10
We must come to the Light. John 3:16-21
Walking in the Light. 1 John 2:7-14
God’s Word; Our Light. Psalm 119:105, 9-16
(yes, start with vs. 105)
Share the Light. Matthew 5:14-16
Week Three : LOVE
(Light Two Purple Candles, One Pink Candle)
Announcement to Mary. Luke 1:26-38
Announcement to Joseph. Matthew 1:18-25
Birth in Bethlehem. Luke 2:1-7
Announcement to Shepherds. Luke 2:8-20
Simeon and Anna. Luke 2:21-38
Visit of the Wisemen. Matthew 2:1-12
Danger and Protection. Matthew 2:13-23
Week Four : HOPE
(Light Three Purple Candles, One Pink Candle)
Jesus, the Way to Heaven. John 14:1-6
Jesus is Coming Again. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
We must be Ready. Matthew 24:29-31
He is Coming to Judge. Matthew 25:31-46
The New Heaven and New Earth. Revelation 21:1-7
The New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:10-12, 21-27
The River and the Tree of Life. Revelation 22:1-5