Today is the first Sunday of Advent.
Advent simply means arrival. And these four weeks before Christmas are a time to reflect and prepare for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
But there is tension here. Because, although Messiah has come. He is also coming back.
The candle of Hope we light today, reminds us we are awaiting His arrival, just as the prophet Isaiah did 400 hundred years before His birth.
This is the Prophet’s candle. The candle of hope.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.Isaiah 9:6-7