Advent – Is Meaning

What is advent?

As we draw nearer to the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we hear about the advent season. How much do we really know what advent means?

Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day with the lighting of a candle each Sunday. Candles are a special symbolic institution of the Christian Church. The Old Testament (Exodus 40:5, 25) the first temple of God on earth were held using lamps as the Lord had ordained. New Testament Church’s the lighting of the candle was included in the service without fail.

The Candle

The candle is a symbol of light in the darkness of life, especially the individual life. It symbolizes holy illumination of the spirit of truth. The components have great meaning: wax symbolizes pure flesh, the wick represents the soul, the light is a symbol of love and divinity, the flame symbolizes godhead, fire represents obedience and heat from the flame symbolizes humility.

Each candle of Advent focuses on one of the four virtues Jesus brought us: Expectation, Hope, Joy, and Purity. The fifth candle of Advent is the Christ candle which is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and remember that we are each called to be followers of Jesus.

Prayer

God of hope as we journey to the stable and beyond, be with us as we approach Christmas Day never let us forget the true meaning of the season. Amen

17 thoughts on “Advent – Is Meaning”

  1. Encountering your post has come at the perfect time for me as just this morning my seven year old son inquired as to what his lego advent calendar was indicative of – specifically the word advent.  I had intended to do my research and came online to find this nugget of a post which delineates clearly the intention and meaning behind advent.  What a serendipitous encounter and I send to you my sincerest gratitude for this insightful post!  Happy Holidays!

    1. Barry Featheringill

      Bex promise I will not send you a bill for the research. LOL. Another one of those just in time moments God puts before us. Will have to put this down as a moment to share in another post some time. 

      Now I’’m going to have to research lego advent calendar to see just what your son was seeing. 

      Blessing of the Christmas season and best wishes on your WA journey.

      Barry

  2. Amen to the prayer.

    Now I feel well informed about the use of candles in Christian worship. I’ve always wondered about its symbolism. Each part  of  the candle has a special meaning which truly reflects what Jesus brought and what we should emulate.

    Thanks for sharing this article to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas.

    1. Barry Featheringill

      Eohia thank you for taking time to read about Advent. Glad it helped to enlighten you about this symbol of Christian believes. 

      Appreciate you

      Barry

  3. Hey there, 

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this article on “Advent – Is Meaning” as it contains tonnes of valuable information. To be honest, I’ve never heard of this term in my entire life but after reading this article, I’m planning to take it up. I understand that candle is light in the darkness of life but what is its purpose here? Is it mandatory to have a candle? 

    1. Barry Featheringill

      Glad you enjoyed the article. There are a lot of symbols within the Christian religion and it would probably surprise us how many for them we take for granted without understanding the meaning.

      It is not mandatory to have a candle, but it is a symbol of the Lord taking us from darkness of sin to the light of ever lastin life.

      Barry

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    Hi ! After going through your site this is what I recommend to you. As Christmas is near it is time to understand the meaning of advent. As it is clearly known, Advent means the coming of. Surely it is the coming of Christ Jesus our lord. It is highly recommended that all Christian remembered this day as a day that the world received the greatest gift, therefore let us celebrate with love. Thank you very much.

    1. Barry Featheringill

      Thank you for taking time to read about Advent and comment. I have several other posts that are in process for the Christmas season that I hope to post this next week. 

      I am just in the very beginning stages of setting up my blog and creating posts. With your permission I would like to quote your comment “Sure it is the coming of Christ Jesus our lord. It is highly recommended that all Christians remember this day as day that the world received the greatest gift, therefore let us celebrate with love.”

      Best wishes of the season and on your WA journey

      Barry

  5. Thanks for sharing this great post. Many has lost or never knew the true meaning of this season. As much as we merry for the birth of Jesus, we should not forget that even Jesus came a very lowly person, His birth did not break His parent’s bank account, so why should you be in depth cos you’re celebrating the birth of Jesus.

    May God give us understanding and make us not forget the true reason for the season in Jesus name.

    1. Well said Lok Which. 

      Thanks for the comment. Love your comment about ‘did not break His parent’s bank account’ 

      Best wishes of the season and for your WA journey

      Barry

  6. Good morning.   I like the idea of finding a website that can serve as a source of morning devotional readings.   Should you ever add a feature that will allow me to subscribe for updates about new posts, I will sign up.  

    Although I grew up in the church, I don’t think that I have ever fully understood the meaning and symbolism behind the advent wreath.   I suppose we get busy and don’t always take the time to reflect on the meaning of certain things we do.  

    While I knew that the candle is a symbol in the darkness of light, I never knew that the things that make up a candle had symbolic meaning.  I hope this doesn’t sound strange, but this leads me to want to purchase more candles to sell in my little shop.  The candles may ending up allow me to start a conversation about my new found knowledge of the symbolism of each of the components.   And of the value of being a source of light in a dark world.   

    I hope that many people will discover your website.   Even more importantly, I hope that your website will allow people to discover a sense of peace if they accept Jesus Christ into their life.   

    1. Creating a website with daily devotionals and bible study is the goal I have set for my website. So as soon as I have a few more devotional messages will be creating a subscription format. May have to write an ebook about candles. I wrote a book “Amos- Burdened One” about the minot prophet from the Bible Amos with the idea to maybe reach somebody that did not have a strong (or any) relationship with God. I have been amazed that it has done just that. 

      Thanks

      Barry

  7. Great post and thank you for the explanation of Advent. So many people have advent calendars full of chocolates but I doubt they know what Advent is any more than I did.

    Why is the word ‘Advent’ used? Are there other ways to celebrate Advent?

    1. Wikipedia defines “advent”

      Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

      Hope that answers your question.

      Thank you for taking the time to read the article and to share your thoughts.

      Barry

  8. I think we often forget why we are celebrating Christmas. Sometimes it feels that it’s all about buying stuff. All the shopping in the malls and all the stressed people who want’s to prepare the Christmas celebration. So thank you for reminding me and giving me some new info about the Advent and the symbolism of the candles. I like what you say “The candle is a symbol of light in the darkness of life”. Everybody needs some light and hope.

  9. That is beautiful. I literally got goosebumps reading the meaning of each candle. Even as a Christian that regularly attends service I didn’t even know the true meaning of Advent. Thank you for this post explaining not only its meaning but reminding me that Jesus is the light in this dark world.

    1. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. There is a lot of symbolism within the Christian faith that we to often take for granted. Glad you enjoyed the article even if you did get goosebumps.

      Barry

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