There are a variety of ways to celebrate the Advent season, depending
on tradition and background. Many people use an Advent calendar,
typically made up of 24 “windows” containing Scriptures, stories, poems
or gifts, to count down the days until Christmas. As each window is
opened and the final day draws closer, expectation increases. This
reminds us of the hopeful yet anxious waiting God’s people experienced
as they longed for the promised Savior to come.
popular tradition is marking the progression of the season through an
Advent wreath made up of five candles. This symbol is borrowed from the
emphasis throughout Scripture of Jesus Christ being the Light of the
World (Matt. 4:16; John 1:4-9, 8:12). Each week a new candle is lit in
anticipation of Christmas Eve. The last candle, called the Christ Candle, is lit on Christmas Eve to represent Jesus’ first advent. Through this theme of ever-increasing light penetrating the darkness, we see a picture of the gospel.
Regardless of the tradition, Advent is a significant time in the life of the church. It’s an opportunity for believers to remember God’s promise to send One who would overcome sin and death forever. God promised a Savior, and He kept that promise perfectly.
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