The Season of Advent - HOPE

In my previous blog I related how the word Advent means "coming" or "arrival" and how the Season of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation of the return of Christ the King.This week I want to look at the first of the five Advent elements.

Traditionally, each of the Advent elements is represented by candles.While the colors themselves vary with different traditions but are usually three purple or blue candles and one pink or rose candle.The fifth or center candle is white and is called the Christ candle.This is traditionally lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The lighting of each successive candle each week reminds us of how Christ is the light of the world that comes to bring us new life and hope.It reminds us that something is happening and more is still yet to come.It all begins with the lighting of the first candle.

That first candle is a reminder of expectation or hope.It draws our attention to the anticipation of the coming King; the Anointed One; the Messiah; Yeshua HaMashiach.

Israel hoped and longed for the coming of the King that would save them from the brutal hands of the Romans.Today, we hope and long for that second coming of the King that will save us from this world and of its lord.Israel missed its King because they were expecting a mighty warrior that would set them free not a humble servant that would die for their sin.One cannot come without the other.Jesus came to set each of us free of sin in the First Advent.In the Second Advent, Jesus comes to take us home to the Father.

That's something to be expectant and to hope for.

Pastor David

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018