The days of preparation and anticipation are almost over and in most churches across our land we will light the Christ candle at a beautiful and joyous Christmas Eve service. It is a very special service for it signifies that night in Old Bethlehem when Mary and Joseph, unable to find a room at any inn in the crowded town, bedded down in a dirty and drafty manger with the animals.
Yet the significance of the Christ Child being born in such humble beginnings marks the entire life of our Lord. God planned it to be that way, showing that money, prestige and power were not the things that would get you into Heaven. No, only believing that Jesus Christ is your Savior and by giving your life to Him in love and service can you earn a seat at His table of Everlasting Life in Heaven above.
So Advent was designed to make sure that each Sunday during this wonderful season we remember the real reason for our celebration. Oh, the gifts, the parties, the food and the fellowship are wonderful, but it is the birth of the Baby Jesus that we Christians are expected to hold at center stage in our hearts.
Just think about it. This tiny baby, born into this world as a mortal human, yet also a God, would grow into a man who would change the course of history. His influence would be felt the world over and have a huge impact on the growth of our own United States of America as a nation of God. And as an adult at the age of thirty-three, after a ministry of only three years, He would take upon himself all the sins of the world and be put to death in the most horrific of ways: crucifixion. Why? So that each of us lowly sinners could be forgiven of our sins and given the opportunity to live forever. All we have to do is make the right choice with our God-given free will.
What could be more wondrous than that? Nothing. And the fact that Jesus suffered as He did knowing in advance what His fate would be shows His love for us and the sacrifice that His Father above made for us as well. So never forget during this wonderful Christmas season the reason for the Advent candles and their supporting wreath and use them to reinforce your commitment to God in Father, Son and Holy Ghost on this upcoming Christmas Day. And carry this Spirit of Christmas with you all year long.
God bless you all and have a wonderful Sabbath Day on this final Sunday of Advent.