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Advent Candle Meanings

December 1, 2015

 

1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE

We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope

comes from God. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who

will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by

the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)

 

 • 2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION

– God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem.

Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD! “As is

written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the

desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be

filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the

rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ (Luke 3:4-6)

 

 • 3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY

The angels sang a message of JOY! “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She

wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them

in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over

their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord

shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.

I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of

David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you:

You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great

company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory

to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the

angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go

to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

(Luke 2:7-15)

 

 • 4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE

The angels announced the good news of a Savior. God sent his only Son to earth to save

us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send

his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John

3:16-17)

 

 • 5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” –

The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his

death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,

‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish

ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know you are a teacher

who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if

God were not with him.’ In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the

kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’

Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be

born!’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless

he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to

spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind

blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or

where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.‘” (John 3:1-8)

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