36 “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”
Tonight, Christmas Eve, we will hold a very special service in our church commemorating the birth of Jesus as the Savior of the world. As part of this service we will light the final candle of the Advent Wreath. This is the white candle which represents Christ and so is known as The Christ Candle. Part of the tradition of the Christian Church is that the Advent Wreath has three purple candles and one pink candle. We chose this year to go in a slightly different direction by having a green candle representing Anticipation, a copper candle representing Preparation, a blue candle representing Contrition, and a gold candle representing Exultation. None of these candles would mean anything if the Christ Candle was not present. But Christ did come and so the light of His presence can shine forth into our lives, and into the world at large through us and through others who know Him as their Savior, because He became flesh and dwelt among us.
I would urge you to take time to read and study the tenth chapter of Acts, especially verse 36, which emphasizes the message of God through Jesus Christ and also names Him as LORD of all! Is He your LORD today? Is He Life to you and is He the only One to whom you pledge your complete allegiance?
There is much anticipation hovering in the air today. Let us make sure that the One who came on that first Christmas is also present in this Christmas as well and that He is our LORD!
As you pray today, consider the lessons you have learned this Advent season and reflect upon the ones that struck you the most. The goal of your devotional time with God is indeed to make Him Lord of all your life. How have you been doing with each of the main lessons? Have you anticipated the Lord this season? Have you been preparing the way for the Lord in the world around you? Did you experience contrition in your heart? Did you exult in what the Lord has done? Is Jesus Lord of all of you?