Advent 2016: First Week of Advent
First Candle - purple candle
The first candle of Advent has been traditionally called the “prophecy candle.” It represents hope and expectation because throughout the prophets they continually held forth the hope of a coming Messiah.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2, 6
Why is the coming Messiah hope? Because as Isaiah later proclaimed: “he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
This child has come to die. And through his death we will receive life. This is our hope.
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