Christians are free to celebrate the anticipation of Christmas Day how they want. I have never really lit candles representing Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace but certainly don’t mind others doing so providing that they, hopefully in some way, think of the incarnation every day. That’s how I like to think of Christmas and Easter, not only on their accepted calendar dates. Initially, Advent referred to the Parousia, that is, the second advent of Jesus. This is what the first candle represents, I believe.
He conquered sin for us during the first advent, and also, of great importance, the cessation of accusation (Col. 1.20). In love, by dying for us, He diminished the enemy’s power: having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Col. 2.14-15 NIV).
With the Advent season here, it is always edifying to think about the glorious fact that God became a man and was, as the hymnwriter so well puts it, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Here are 10 things we must know about the Incarnation: 1. The person…As Advent Begins, Here are Ten Vital Truths About the Incarnation of Jesus — Southern Equip