The Advent Wreath – 4

Candle Four: Represents the light we once extinguished as Jesus, God’s son, breathed his last breath on the cross. Ridiculed, bruised, beaten, and nailed to a cross, Jesus summoned his last ounce of life to tell us,“It is finished.” God’s rescue plan was complete. The prophesies foretold from the beginning of Adam fell like fragile ornaments from that splintered tree. Suddenly, God’s covenant of forgiveness and restoration was complete. Forgiveness so encompassing, Jesus spoke of it from the cross. We are forgiven even when we do not know not what we do. Restoration so perfect, He rose from the dead to unveil it to us. 

The Gospel has always been about God pursuing us, the children he made in his image. God sent Jesus to restore the relationship we had with him in Eden. The culmination of God’s love for us was for the God of the universe to have to watch his son die on a cross. In this plan of rescue, God had to forsake his own son, turn his back on what we had done to him, and watch as Jesus became obedient unto the death we so righteously deserved.

From the manger to the cross, all Jesus had accomplished culminated with those three words, “It is finished.” How awesome that Jesus was willing to live the life we could never live and pay the price we could never pay so we can be in communion with him forever. When you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are embraced by the same miracle that was sent to this earth, proclaimed by angels and who purchased our redemption on calvary. We light this candle in remembrance of God’s sacrifice and also in celebration of the restoration plan and gift of salvation wrapped up in this small manger.  The flame should represent our covenant to worship, honor and serve him daily until we are united with our savior in the new garden of Eden-his kingdom.

The Words of Promise:

Genesis 28:15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

Mt: 28:16 ff  Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

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