On this day we light the four previous candles and then the white Christ candle in the middle. Finally the Lord has come. He “became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The one we have been long waiting for has come, our Emmanuel (God with us) is here. Today in the excitement of the baby who once came to live with us also remember that Jesus is coming back. We are in the advent of His second coming and this time He is coming for us, His saved ones, and taking us home to forever live with the Father in His glorious presence. All that is wrong with the earth will be finally replaced with a new heaven and earth that is sin free. What a glorious day that will be! Until that time Emmanuel not only has lived among us, but, for those who have bowed their knee and allowed Him to save them, He is living within us and we have peace with God. Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to help us live our lives according to His will. One of the blessed things that the Holy Spirit gives us peace not only with God but within ourselves no matter what is happening around us. Thank you Lord for not only coming to save us from sin and death but for sending us the Helper to help us live in this sinful world until you come back for us.
Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men!