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ADVENT: Prophets, Promises, and Purple Candles.

December 7, 2012

Prophets, Promises, and Purple Candles.

Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2012

Advent is much more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. Advent is a season of preparation. It is the time to prepare your heart to celebrate the first coming, and to remind yourself to be ready for the second coming. To help us all focus on preparing to celebrate His coming we are doing a series of posts on Advent.

The word advent comes to us from Latin and simply means the “approach” or “coming”. In context usually it would indicate something new, such as “the advent of the holiday season”. In Christian traditions it is the 4 weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ. Each week is marked with the lighting of a candle which represents different aspects of the Christmas story.

The Prophets Candle.

The first candle is traditionally purple in color and is known as the Hope or Prophets candle.

The first prophecy of the coming savior of the world is in Genesis 3:15 and that scarlet thread of redemption is woven throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. God’s people often found themselves in sin and at the mercy of their enemies. Even their kings were ungodly and self serving. The righteous yearned for God to raise up a man after His own heart, a man to sit on the throne of David who would shepherd His people well. They yearned for God to manifest His presence in their lives.

God, through the prophets, gave hope when they were hopeless and light when they sat in darkness.

“But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:1–2

The prophets prophesied and the people waited. And one still evening the redemption of the world was born in Bethlehem, just as the prophets prophesied. He visited Egypt, and then was raised in Galilee where the people sitting in darkness saw a great light.

The Hope or Prophets candle is a reminder that for thousands of years the people waited for the promise of God, the Hope of salvation. And on that first Christmas Day our world was forever changed, our Savior was born.

Promise of the 2nd Advent

But, even after Jesus’ birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection, our world is not fully

redeemed. Even creation groans waiting on God to fulfill the promise of the 2 nd Advent.

The fulfillment of the 1 st Advent gives us the assurance of the 2 nd Advent when Jesus will come again with His angels and rescue His people, and ultimately redeem planet earth from the curse of sin.

Advent is not simply a religious tradition associated with one church or another. It is the season of remembering that our God is the covenant keeping God. His word is true and His timing is perfect. What He says will come to pass. You can trust in Him.

Wrapping it up.

Advent is the perfect time to refocus your personal life and family life around the real meaning of life, Jesus Christ. We have resources that we believe are valuable to help you in your personal Bible study and in the spiritual life of your family. Why don’t you check them out, see if they might work for you to help establish you in the Word for yourself.

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