15th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Candle

DECEMBER 15:  Isaiah 9:2

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned (NIV)

At Christmas time people decorate their homes with lights—electric lights trimming the tree or outlining the house, candles burning in the windows or on holiday tables. Christians have a special reason to decorate with lights at Christmas, because Jesus came to be the light of the world. He said: “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).

Darkness is the absence of knowledge about the love of God. People living in darkness do not know they need God’s love. The verse in Isaiah also talks about “the land of the shadow of death.” Everyone will someday face death—like a shadow that hangs over each of us. People know that they will die, but many do not know what will come after that. The fear of death is a form of darkness. But God has promised to walk with us through “the valley of the shadow of death.” We need not fear death’s shadow, for God promises to be present with us when our time comes to walk that path darkened by death’s shadow.

When Jesus came, He demonstrated God’s love and forgiveness. He taught that those who receive His love will live in Heaven with Him after they die. He promised that He would go to Heaven to prepare a special place for each person who trusts Him. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

Jesus came to earth to show people their need of God and the way to find Him. He came to lighten the world with the love of God. This Christmas, think of each candle or Christmas light you see as a reminder of God’s love.

Light of the world
Shine down on Bethlehem
God in his glory has sent us a Son
Shout from on high
And out in the street
Jesus our Savior is born!

Bright shining star
Shine down on everyone
God in his mercy has sent us a Son
The shepherds will cry
Praise to the Lord!
Jesus our Savior is born!

Alleluia baby Jesus
Alleluia baby Jesus
Jesus our Savior is born
Sing alleluia

Brent Bourgeois (b. 1958)

Thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, to be a light so you don’t have to walk in darkness or live in the land of the shadow of death.

Ask Jesus to use you to be a light reflecting the light of Jesus with your friends and neighbors.

Do thou, Christ, deign to kindle our lamps, our Saviour most sweet to us, that they may shine continually in thy temple, and receive perpetual light from thee the light perpetual, so that our darkness may be driven from us.

St Columbanus (543-615 AD)

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