The peace of advent

Today is the second Sunday of advent, the third Sunday before Christmas Day. Advent in Latin means ‘coming’, and so the advent season is when we look forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world.

You may have seen many churches light an advent candle on each of the four Sundays of advent, and a central fifth candle on Christmas Day. Worship during advent is almost like a round up of all things that Christmas represents to Christians, with the candles representing the light of God coming to earth as the Christ-child.

Each of the four advent candles has a meaning

Today, on the second Sunday of advent we think about the peace that Jesus brings to the world.

Peace is like a light shining in a dark place.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Prince of Peace – Without peace, the continuity of life would not be possible. Jesus is called the Prince of Peace because He restores every broken relationship, provides a well-ordered and balanced life, and offers the assurance of eternal life. That is why He, the King of kings came into this world, to give us everlasting peace.

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