Advent Devotional – The Season of Remembering Christ
Advent is all about expecting, waiting and hoping and this starts on 4 Sundays before Christmas and it ends on Christmas Eve. Advent basically helps us prepare for the coming or simply the Advent of Christ child at Christmas. Whether you believe it or not, Advent is originally a Latin word that means, coming.
For hundreds of years now, many Christians are using Advent wreath as a way to inspire hope for coming of Christ. By reading bible verses and lighting candles, it constantly reminds us of the true significance of the birth of Christ and be more excited on his coming in our lives, the past and in the future.
As a matter of fact, there is no definite meaning for candles of Advent wreath except the one on the middle that is signifying the birth of Christ and is referred as the Christ Candle. In some other churches, priests there are preaching candles also as a way to bring love, joy, peace and hope in addition to Christ’s coming. While in other settings, they’re identified with some key figures in the story of Christ’s birth similar to the angels, Mary and Joseph as well as the shepherds.
Advent wreaths use candles with different colors and some wreaths are using all white candles while others are using three blue or purple candles, one white candle in the middle and one pink candle. The reason why these candles have different colors is to represent different meanings like for pink, it shows the joy of our waiting, the white is showing triumph and celebration of the birth of Christ and blue or purple candle constantly reminds us of how serious or solemn God’s people are for waiting on their savior.
Like what’s mentioned before, Advent comes from a Latin word meaning Coming or Visit. Now as Christians, Christmas is where we start preparing for the Advent of Christ. These preparations include a lot of things similar to remembering Israel’s hope for God’s coming to save, forgive and restore, remembering our need for Jesus our savior, preparing to welcome back Christ at Christmas Eve into our hearts and to the world and lastly, remembering our hope for Christ’s second coming.
The truth is, just the act of lighting a candle every week of Advent is enough to show that we help ourselves be prepared for the birth of Jesus Christ. Every candle have a different meaning which is all based on the bible. All these meanings will help us in understanding how special the celebration of Christ’s birth.