John tells us she was near the cross as she watched her son suffer and die there in shame. The Christmas story is all about love, but the most important part of the story is God’s love for sinners. He was sent into the world. How could she not love this beautiful new human being who has come from her own body? Instead of marrying her in defiance of God’s commands, instead of bringing her before the judges in an act of revenge, he thought about what was best for Mary in this situation. As God is love, let us be love also. In general, the Advent celebration tradition is to light four candles on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Openness to receive the Prince of Peace into the broken areas of life. In Eric D. Huntsman's recently published "Good Tidings of Great Joy," he discusses the Advent celebration. Joseph’s love for Mary and Mary’s love for Jesus are both important parts of that story, but they are not the most important. The child has been inside her for months. Welcome! God’s love always comes first. These candles often represent love, joy, hope, and peace, which are four wonderful results of a relationship with Christ. Here are the prayers and Scriptures for the fourth and final week of advent focused on the candle for love. Advent Prayers Week Four: The Love of Advent.    – Matthew 1:21; John 3:16-17; Romans 8:38-39. Look at Jesus the King, risen from the dead, ascended to heaven, coming back for you to take you to be with him that you also may be where he is forever. So yes, Simeon’s words were absolutely and brutally true. Peace is an important part of the Christmas story. From beginning to end, you knew every minute of Jesus life. You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this message provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and that you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. Submissiveness to the only true King, Jesus Christ, and to his eternal kingdom to come. Freedom from fear, guilt, and bitterness that steals joy from the soul. Look at Jesus the child born into the world as a baby at Christmas. "he whole meaning of Christmas can be explained in one little four letter word…LOVE. newsletter, These NBA players recently met with the pope. These candles often represent love, joy, hope, and peace, which are four wonderful results of a relationship with Christ. Robert Hampshire is a pastor, teacher, writer, and leader. Day 9 - December 7. Which Latter-day Saint temples have reopened? Her thoughts were captive to Christ, and she made every effort to remember every detail as she sought to understand the meaning of his birth. You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. Day 15 – December 13. Sensitivity to the needs and situations of others. Please include the following statement on any distributed copies: And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’” (Luke 2:34-35) In effect Simeon told Mary that there were difficult days ahead for her son, Jesus. Joseph must have felt completely betrayed by this and would have every right to be angry and upset with her. Mary’s love for Jesus was reflected in her very thoughts about him. Day 24 – December 22. In general, the Advent celebration tradition is to light four candles on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The remembrance that the sins of saints have been forgiven through the shed blood of Jesus. No matter how much he loved Mary, he needed to put his relationship with God first. Another author describes Advent as a season of constant preparation as we reflect on the truths of Christ’s first and second comings. It’s all in his name! Sign up for the Robert attended North Greenville University in South Carolina for his undergraduate and Liberty University in Virginia for his Masters. Love in the form of a man. Love permeates every aspect of the Christmas story: God so loved the world that he send his Only Begotten Son, and Jehovah so loved us that he deigned to become the Babe of Bethlehem — and later, as the man Jesus, to suffer, die, and rise again for us. Love comes last in the four candles around the outside of the Advent Wreath, because love is also the most important of these, and in Advent we are working our way towards the most important aspect of Christmas, which is God’s love for us in Christ. In that moment you give us the gift of your love for all eternity. Confidence in God’s ability to work all things together for good to those who love him. Some of my favorites are “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” which bids us in each chorus to “come and adore him,” and “O Holy Night,” which reminds us that he taught us to love one another even as it calls upon us to praise his holy name. Christmastime is a season when love of God and of our fellowmen and … If God loved you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die for you, how can you not love others in return? Day 23 – December 21. “Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. Scripture reminds us that; [Read 1 John 4:19] We love because he first loved us. The greatest gift came wrapped in the flesh of baby Jesus and laid in the rough wood of a manger. And so he decided rather than expose her to public disgrace, he would divorce her quietly. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. So let’s begin with Joseph’s love for Mary, an incredibly important part of the Christmas story. And if God loved others so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die for them, how can you not love them as well? Beneath the stars, surrounded by all of the hosts of heaven, Love came. You came as an innocent baby whose purpose was walk this earth in complete love, and then to sacrificially give his life as an atonement for the sins of His children. By Ray Fowler. Depending on your background with church and traditions, you might be familiar with the liturgical term “Advent” when referring to the Christmas season. She has gone through the long months of pregnancy, the hard sacrifice of labor, the excruciating pain of childbirth, and now she holds her newborn child in her arms. (John 19:25). Bobbie is also a writer and blogger at www.bobbieschae.com, She would love for you to stop by and say hello on social media at www.facebook.com/bobbieschae, on twitter @bobbie_schae and on Instagram @Bobbieschae. The Bible makes a clear and unbreakable connection between God’s love for us and our love for each other. Advent Love. John 3:16-19, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. And that is our love for one another. Enthusiasm to sing songs of joy during this season and all year. Jesus was no ordinary son. Then on Christmas Day, a fifth candle is lit that represents Jesus. Today the Advent Wreath is still one of my favorite symbols of the Christmas season. Day 10 - December 8. Scripture: Luke 19:5-10 , Luke 23:33-34 Advent is a time for kindness, thinking of others, and sharing with others. She has given life to this child. God with us. Remember Simeon? .." The whole meaning of Christmas can be explained in one little four letter word…LOVE. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Day 6 – December 4. Tenderness to sympathize with the pain of others and comfort them with God’s love. Mary gives birth to her firstborn, a son. Why Don't You Hear God When You Need Him the Most? Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. Note: We have now covered all four of the outside candles of the Advent wreath, but there is one more candle to go – the Christ candle in the center of the wreath. Here's What You Need to Know. You knew that the cross of Calvary was waiting for Jesus, yet you still sent your only Son so that our sin debt could be paid and we could walk blameless because of the shed blood of Jesus.