Advent 2016: Introduction
Advent is the Latin word which means coming. So when we talk about the Advent of Christ we are referring to his coming into the world. This is what we are celebrating during the advent season. We call it Christmas.
The wreath represents eternity as it is without end. There are five candles. Four on the wreath and one in the middle. Traditionally one candle per week is lit with the final middle candle being lit on Christmas Eve. This tradition is done as a help to point us once again to Christ. Every candle points us toward the coming of the Savior. They represent Jesus, the light of the world. They point to his coming into the world to rescue and redeem sinners.
Jesus is Eternal
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
Jesus is the Light of the World
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The Light has come into the World
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
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