Over time, many Western traditions added a fifth candle to the Advent Wreath— The Christ Candle. One solitary candle, in white, surrounded by the other four in the center of the wreath. This candle represented the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.
Mary, having just given birth, probably did not feel like celebrating; and the mid-night visit from the shepherds seemed a bit confusing, and unexpected. Joseph must have been even more bewildered, not to mention exhausted, at these astonishing events.
Significant variations of the celebration of Jesus’ birth have evolved over geographies and centuries. In this world pandemic era we are challenged with even more issues.
1. Now, we are discouraged from gathering together in large groups.
2. Now, we are encouraged to wear face masks… while trying to sing.
3. Travel is discouraged because of COVID Omicron.
4. Lodging is always a challenge. … not to mention the price has gone up.
5. And Jesus is just as hard to find today as He was then.
Add to these rough considerations the reality that you might contract COVID and not be here in February. Intriguing times.
Nonetheless, we must light the Christ Candle on Christmas Day. For us, it is a declaration that all the ills of this world cannot diminish, tarnish, or stain the incredible significance of this historical occurrence. The Lord God of the Universe chose to humble Himself and become one of us. I’ve never quite grasped the magnitude of this life changing incident. How could our Father have ever come up with this course of action?!?
Consider all the world-changing events that have taken place throughout history. What solution would you have designed to solve the estrangement between God and His creation? Creative doesn’t begin to describe this incredible unconventional solution. ‘Tells you something about the nature of God, doesn’t it!?!
“Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above… .”
This Christmas Day, try to find some time where you can sit and ponder this marvelous revelation— the sacrifice of God to draw us back to Himself. The entrance of the Son of God into this earthly realm. Jesus.
As Jesus Christ was sent into this world to redeem us, so now He sends us into this world,
Dr. Gary Davis, President
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