This past Sunday we kicked off the Christmas season by lighting the first advent candle, the candle of hope. The verses that were read were Isaiah 9:6 and Micah 5:2. Isaiah 9:6 reads, “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Micah 5:2 reads, “But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the clansof Judah out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
These verses remind us of the prophets and the message God gave them of the Messiah. Oh, what great hope they were given through the message of the Messiah. Throughout the Old Testament God promised the Israelites of the coming Messiah who would save them from their sins. We are reminded that Jesus’ birth is an event planned by our Heavenly Father and was prophesied before His entrance into this world. This gave the Israelites hope and Jesus gives us hope today through His many miracles, and also His death and resurrection on the cross.
Do you need hope during this Christmas season? Perhaps you need to cling to hope because you have an empty seat at the table. You might need hope because of a job that you are not happy with. You might need hope because you can’t be with your family during this holiday season. I pray that you find hope in the Messiah who came, died on the cross for your sins and rose three days later. Hope is a feeling of trust in something to happen. My hope and desire is that you cling to Jesus Christ during the Christmas season and the days to follow.
This Sunday we will be lighting the second purple candle, the candle of faith. I hope that you are reminded of your faith and that as this candle is lit your faith is ignited.
Children’s and Preschool Minister
P.S. I would like to welcome Lillian Crawley and Brianna Mason to our church and kingdom family.