Thursday, December 15, 2005

I am an Advent Candle

I am an Advent candle.
Lit by the Spirit of God
Not merely a memorial
To our Lord’s first Advent
But also proclaiming His second.

16 “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.”

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

In lighting the Hanukkah Menorah, we have an image of the Messiah present in the
‘Shamash Candle’. From:
“The Shamash (Servant Messiah) candle has its own special place.
The center, highest light (which is sometimes found on the side of the menorah) is the "shamash." This candle represents the Messiah the Light of the World. Since one is not supposed to use the lights of the menorah for personal benefit, the shamash (lit. "helpers or servant") is used every day to light the other candles.

“14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

I am an Advent candle.

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