Advent Week 4
The Angels' Candle, Symbolizing Peace
During Christmas, we hope for peace — among nations and family members. But the peace that Jesus brings is more profound than that — it's peace between an unworthy sinner and a forgiving God.
Day One: Annunciation
The word annunciation comes from a Latin word meaning "to bring news." The Latin Vulgate uses the phrase annuntiatio navitatis Christi ("the announcement of Christ's birth") to refer to the announcement made by the angel Gabriel...
Day Two: Angels' Wings
The most common image of an angel is essentially a human being with wings. This is not Biblical. The Bible often presents angels as appearing as human beings. However, this does not indicate that angels in their essence resemble human beings...
Day Three: Prince of Peace
In a world filled with war and violence, it's difficult to see how Jesus could be the all-powerful God who acts in human history and be the embodiment of peace. But physical safety and political harmony don't necessarily reflect the kind of peace He's talking about...
See also: "The Salem of Melchizedek"
Day Four: Angel Gabriel
The angel Gabriel is a messenger who was entrusted to deliver several important messages on God's behalf. Gabriel appears to at least three people in the Bible...
Day Five: Jesus, Son of God
Jesus is not God's Son in the sense of a human father and a son. God did not get married and have a son. God did not mate with Mary and, together with her, produce a son. Jesus is God's Son in the sense that He is God made manifest in human form...
Day Six: Peace that Passes all Understanding
In Philippians 4:7 we have a wonderful promise: "The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." It is important to note the context of this promise...
See also: "Peace in the Midst of the Storm"
Day Seven: Wonderful Counselor
When Isaiah wrote his prediction of the coming of the "Wonderful Counselor" (Isaiah 9:6), he was spurring Israel to remember their Messiah was indeed coming to establish His Kingdom (Isaiah 9:7). Isaiah was writing nearly 800 years before Christ...
The Advent Series:
"The Prophets' Candle, Symbolizing Hope"
"The Bethlehem Candle, Symbolizing Faith"
"The Shepherds' Candle, Symbolizing Joy"
"The Angels' Candle, Symbolizing Peace"
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