Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Fourth Week of Advent- The Angel's Candle

The Prophecy Candle is the first candle lit. It reminds us of the Old Testament prophets who foretold Christ's birth. The Bethlehem Candle, the second candle lit, is symbolic of the Christ Child's cradle. The Shepherd's Candle is the third candle which typifies the act of sharing Christ. Pink symbolizes the Advent Rose, a time to pause in this season to Rejoice in the Lord. The Angel's Candle is the fourth candle which is lit today. It is the candle of love and final coming. Today’s Scripture reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. [19] And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. [20] But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. [21] She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." [22] All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: [23] "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel"(which means, God with us). [24] When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, [25] but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

1 comment:

Frontier Forest said...

During this past Lord’s Day worship, I was so moved by the entire Branson family testimony! When Michael and Tara's young daughter Alley read Matthew's account of the New Coming King, you could have heard a pin drop throughout the entire sanctuary! No doubt, God has HIS hands upon that precious young, embolden warrior of faith! What a blessing to pray for, support, to be there when needed, and observe Christ building up every blessed covenant child at Redeemer.