Advent Week 4 Reading - The fourth candle is said to represent love and the presence of the Savior.
(4.2) His Presence as a Human: Jesus left the splendor of heaven to be live on earth as a man. Therefore, “Your
attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very
nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being
made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:5-7).
(4.3) His Presence Declared by an Angel: When Jesus entered the world, a heavenly angel reported the news to shepherds. “And
there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and
the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But
the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of
great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a
Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord’” (Luke 2:8-11).
(4.4) His Presence Declared by the Heavens: Even the stars made known the presence of Jesus to Wise Men. “After
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who
has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have
come to worship him’” (Matthew 2:1-2).
(4.5) His Presence Declared by Simeon: A righteous and devout man in Jerusalem named Simeon recognized the presence of the Savior. “Simeon took him [the infant Jesus] in his arms and praised God saying:
‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in
peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in
the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for
glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:28-32).
(4.6) His Presence Declared by Anna: The prophetess Anna recognized the presence of Jesus, the Redeemer. “There
was also a prophetess, Anna. . . . She never left the temple but
worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them (Mary
and Jospeh) at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about
the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).
(4.7) His Presence Motivated by Love: God sent Jesus into the world because of his great love for us! “For
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world
through him” (John 3:16-17).
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