December 3: Advent Week 2

Read Luke 2:1-7 and 1 Thess. 4:13-18

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:11).

Jesus showed up and everything changed. God came to earth, made Himself known, so that you and I might live how He designed in the first place, before sin crept in and death took over. Jesus Christ came to earth for you and for me — to give us a reason to live now and in eternity forever with Him. And because of the first Advent, you and I can experience His second coming as well.

” . . . we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:17b, 18).

I don’t remember the first time I heard the word Advent. It probably centered around the green and red felt candy cane countdown calendar that hung in the bedroom of the first house I remember living in. I learned much later of its connection to wreaths and candles and Jesus’ arrival in Bethlehem.

The word originates in Latin. The word Adventus. It means coming. If you look it up in English the dictionary, you might find something about Christmastime, as in “the season preceding Christmas”.

The tradition of advent wreaths started centuries ago when people who believed in Jesus Christ lit candles around a wreath while reading certain Scriptures to celebrate His coming. For four Sundays, they would light a new candle, each one representing a different aspect of the celebration that God Himself had come and will come again.

That’s why we’re talking Advent these weeks leading up to Christmas this year. We started last Sunday, and now we’re into Week 2.It’s a perfect place to jump in and start celebrating with us the coming of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus’ advent changed everything.

Advent Week 1: The Prophecy Candle of Hope. Week 2: The Bethlehem Candle of Peace. Week 3: The Joy of the Shepherds, whom God told first. Week 4: Love. Oh, how He loves us!

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