Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
We are entering now the season of Advent leading us into the celebration of Jesus birth at Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin “adventus” – the coming or expectation. The season and time of Advent is exactly what it translates to in the 4 weeks prior to Christmas is a time of celebrating the coming and expectation of the world at Jesus birth as well as our current expectations of His return. The season is symbolized by the Advent wreath and five candles that are used each week in observance of a point of significance for the season. The wreath is a symbol of the never ending circle of life and the Character of God in that he has no beginning or end but is the very beginning and end for us.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
The green of the wreath speaks of the newness and eternal promise of life through Jesus Christ.
The candles are usually 3 Purple Candles – representing HOPE, PEACE and LOVE, 1 Pink Candle – representing JOY and the White Candle for Christmas representing Christ. We light a candle each week to highlight the spiritual expectation that it represents.
We will be releasing a post on each Sunday of Advent and a few posts each week on the promise from that week – HOPE, PEACE, JOY, LOVE and CHRIST.