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Culmination of Advent: Christ

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The fourth candle of Advent typically is purple or blue and represents Christ, the Prince of Peace. His emergence from the kingdom of heaven to the earth is announced by the angels. "Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord"( Luke 2:8-11 NKJV).

If He was a baby then how was He Lord and how did He bring peace? He is Lord because God appointed it to be so. He would send His only begotten Son into the world, to take on the nature of man, so that our nature could be changed, transformed by Him and the Holy Spirit. We now have available to us, peace with God. Jesus is the bridge on which we can cross over from this world to heaven.

Embodied in that baby in the manger was the Savior of the human race. By taking on human form, He was able to die and become the perfect, unblemished sacrifice of the lamb. Both His life and His death were a gift for us. His life showed us how to live, and His death washed away our sins. But it is a gift that must be accepted personally, unopened it is of little value. Like a present under a Christmas tree it looks pretty, but it doesn't take on value to someone until it is opened. The fourth Sunday of Advent presents us with Christ, our gift.

Like the Wise Men, we too are presented with a baby in a manger, but they understood He was so much more. They knew He was a King because they read the great prophesies of the ancients and understood the sign in the heavens."For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon is shoulders, He will be named, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" " ( Isaiah 9:6). Our peace then is with God, for He is righteous and through Christ we can stand before God without being consumed. Our peace also comes from God. Even in the midst of terrible wars, natural catastrophes and the decline of nations, the Christian can be assured that the true government of His eternal reign will be established. It is these thoughts that can keep us in peace during one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year. So don't let the world rob you of the true spirit of Christmas as celebrated through Advent: love, peace, joy and faith in Christ.

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