This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.
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Week Four: “Angel Candle”
As a part of the Advent season, you will light four candles, two purple, the one pink from last week and then you will light the remaining purple candle this week.
To review, the first week, we lit a purple candle which is called the Prophecy candle. It reminds us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. The purple candle from the second week is known as the Bethlehem candle. This candle reminds us that God came to us in humbleness and simplicity. The third candle, the Shepherd candle, was lit last week reminding us of the importance of the Shepherds as a part of celebrating and honoring the Christ child.
As we journey into the fourth week of the Advent season, our focus today turns to the supernatural as we anticipate the actual birth of Jesus. Angels, in our culture today, hold much mystique. We have in our mind certain ideas of what angels look like. For many of us, angels are relegated to being pudgy, round-faced flying beings with harps. Angels are God’s messengers who announced the birth of Jesus. When we read today’s New Testament passage, we will see the vital role angels had in announcing to the world what was taking place.
Today, you will light the four candles on the perimeter of the advent wreath. Today, you will re-light the two purple candles, which have been lit previously, the pink candle from last week and the remaining purple candle.
Read Luke 2:8-14 Holman Christian Standard Version
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”
Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!
What comes to mind when you think about angels? What do they look like? What do they do? Do angels look different from one another? There are many questions about the supernatural where we may not have the clearest answers. Talk with those gathered around you about other times in scripture where angels were messengers. If you remember, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary and Joseph that she would have a baby. We see later in scripture where the angel Michael announces the coming of Christ to John. Are there other times that you can recall God using angels as messengers in the Bible?
Father God, today I see where you used even the supernatural to conduct your greater plan. In our society where little is understood about angels, you used them to announce the greatest gift ever given – Jesus. At his birth, you used angels to become incarnate and do the work which no man could do! May I place my life before you and be ready to be used by you. I want to be used to benefit you and others. Amen.
As we journey together,