Crossroads: The Candle of Peace/Love – Angels

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During the fourth week of Advent, you will light three purple candles and the pink candle. The first two purple candles are the candle of prophecy/hope and the candle of Bethlehem. The pink candle is the Shepherd’s candle, also known as the candle of joy. Today you will also light the third purple candle, the candle of peace/love.

“Hark the herald angels sing ‘Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled.’” This is part of a song that we sing every Christmas. It reminds us of the importance of the angels in the Christmas story. Without the angels, Mary wouldn’t have known what was happening. The shepherds wouldn’t have known to look for the Savior in the manger. The story would be very different without angels. And yet they were just doing their jobs—they were the messengers of God and they had the best news to deliver.

In Luke 1:26-38, Gabriel came to tell Mary that she would give birth to a son, God’s Son, and that he would rule forever. The months go by and the time comes for Mary to give birth. Angels appear again—this time to the shepherds. In Luke 2:10-14 we read “The angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, ‘Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.’”

The angels brought news of peace—the Savior would be born and he would bring peace. This was welcome news in a world that wasn’t peaceful. But the peace of God was surprising. The people were still under Roman rule. Wars happened and happen still. But through Jesus God has brought peace to our hearts. This is a peace no war can take away because we know that, no matter what, God is always with us and that God’s love has won. We can rest in God’s peace, and live in the hope that God knows everything about us and He loves us. We are God’s children and nothing can take us from Him. That is the wonderful and peaceful news that the angels brought that night.

As you light the candle of peace with your family, remember that we, too, are God’s messengers in this world, bringing the message of love, hope, and peace to a world that desperately needs it. After lighting the candle, talk as a family about ways that you can spread God’s peace to others.

Prayer

Thank God for the peace that He gives. Ask Him for courage to share that peace with others.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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