Summary: 24 Days Until Christmas
Passage: Jeremiah 23:5-8
Title: Week 1 – The Candle of Anticipation
INTRODUCTION: If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.
The Christmas season is here. A busy season filled with hectic chaos and stressful strain as most of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting things done while moving from various locations. While some are flying here and there, others sit lonely, longing for the season to cease. Whichever the case, we can place our hope in the fact that this is a great season because this is a time of year that calls the Christian to slow down and look to Christ. We must seek to take the focus away from the “doing” and feeling lonely while leaning into the “understanding” of God sending us His incredible gift, Jesus Christ.
The enemy’s greatest focus in this season is to distract us from focusing on what’s really important. We must fight to ready our hearts, focusing on understanding the righteous savior, this advent season and look forward to worshipping the righteous King who has come and will come again!
ADVENT CANDLES EXPLAINED: There are often many symbols used to represent Advent from various churches of many denominations. An evergreen wreath is a solid staple followed by four to five candles. The wreath is a symbol of Christ’s perfection (complete). The evergreen meaning eternal life and the light from the candles often times represent the light of Jesus Christ. Each of the candles has a different meaning.
• The first candle represents the anticipation of Christ coming (anticipation of Christ coming for those in OT and coming again for those living in NT).
o Note: This candle is sometimes tied in with the second candle.
• The second candle is a candle of hope (preparation).
• The third candle is a candle meaning joy.
• The forth candle is a candle representing purity (or love).
• The last candle (usually white to distinguish between the other candles) is the candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day representing Christ on as the fulfillment of what is promised in the first four candles.
Depending on which circle one grew up these candles have been known to move from week to week depending on the denomination. The color of the candles often varies but most common are purple, pink and white.
TITLE: Week 1 – The Candle of Anticipation
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” Jeremiah 23:5
#1: Understanding the Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:5)