The Advent Season
While Baptists typically have not had a history of celebrating the Advent calendar, the Advent symbols can be used to teach children and others about the spirit of Christmas. Advent means, coming or arrival and the focus of Advent is the celebration of first coming of Jesus Christ.
Here at Cornerstone we use the Advent wreath in our four services leading up to Christmas Eve. I take different parts of the wreath each week and teach about God’s plan of redemption through the sending of His Son Jesus Christ. Our wreath has five candles and each week we’ll light a candle and each candle symbolizes a different part of God’s plan of redemption, the prophecies of the coming Christ child, the virgin birth of the Christ child with Mary, the annunciation of the Christ child by the angel’s and the seeking of Christ child shown by the wise men. Then on Christmas Eve we’ll light the fifth candle, it is the Christ candle and it is used to teach about our need for Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
Our Advent wreath has a wooden base with no beginning or end which symbolizes God’s unending love for all mankind and the wood reminds us that Christ came to die on the cross. It has red berries symbolizing the blood Jesus shed when He died on the cross and evergreen, symbolizing God’s eternalness.
Now we believe there is nothing sacred in the Advent wreath itself but there is something sacred about the message it teaches. God’s plan was to save people from the condemnation and the death sin brings. God’s plan is personal, it is for each and every person to find the Christ child and receive the greatest gift of all time, salvation and a relationship with God.
John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” NIV