Advent Devotional – The Season of Remembering Christ
Advent is the season of expecting, hoping and waiting which starts on 4 Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent basically helps us prepare for the coming or simply the Advent of Christ child at Christmas. As a matter of fact the phrase Advent has come from a Latin word which means, coming.
For hundreds of years now, many Christians are using Advent wreath as a way to inspire hope for coming of Christ. As you read bible verses and lighting candles, it serves as a reminder of the significance of birth of Christ and be more excited on his coming in our lives, the past and also in the future.
There is no set meaning for candles of Advent wreath except however the middle of the candle that signifies the birth of Christ and is usually referred as the Christ Candle. If you’ve come to church, you’ll notice that some priests preach candles not just as a significance for Christ’s coming but also, to bring love, hope, joy and peace. In some other settings, they are associated with the key figures in how we know the birth of Christ has happened like the shepherd, angels and also, Mary and Joseph.
Advent wreaths are using candles with different colors while some wreaths make use of white candles while others utilize 3 blue purple or blue candles, 1 white candle set in the middle and 1 pink candle. Different colored candles have different meaning of course like for instance, the blue or purple candle is reminding us of how solemn and serious God’s people have been waiting for their Messiah, the white shows celebration and triumph as Christ is born and pink on the other hand shows joy of our waiting.
Just as what we have discussed, Advent originated from Latin word that means Coming or Visit. In the Christian season, we prepare for Advent of Christ at Christmas. As a matter of fact, there are so many things involved in the preparation like for instance, remembering our hope for the second coming of Jesus Christ, remembering Israel’s hope for God’s coming to restore, save and forgive, remembering that we need our savior, Jesus Christ and at last, to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas Eve in our hearts.
In reality, we are already helping ourselves prepare for the birth of Christ by just lighting a candle every week of Advent. Candles have different meaning and each of it is based on the bible. These meanings would help us to further understand how special Christ’s birth to us.