The Christ Candle: Hope of a King
“The one new King of the new ages, Jesus Christ, carried on his shoulder both the power and the excellence of his new glory, even his cross; so that, according to our former prophecy, he might thenceforth reign from the tree as Lord.” - Tertullian
“I am the light of the world.” – Jesus in John 8:12
The fifth candle of Advent is about Christ himself.
The candle lit on this occasion is sometimes called “the Christ Candle.” It may also be called “the Light Candle” in reference to the opening words of Isaiah 9: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Is. 9:2).
As we said yesterday, Christ’s Peace comes through his Kingly rule. In Isaiah 9, which echoes the themes of 2 Samuel 7, we get a picture of how great and vast that rule is. Christ’s titles are: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. These titles show that Christ is wise, mighty, eternal, and just. As the angel Gabriel told Mary, Jesus was also called Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”
With these themes in mind, the Christ candle is lit to remind us that the King of kings and Lord of lords, the light of the world, came to earth as a baby.
Father, we gather for Advent reflecting on all that you have done in history. Thank you for the hope we share with other believers. Thank you for the profound love that You have shown to the world. Thank you for the joy we can experience as we look to Christ’s second coming. And thank you for the everlasting peace you promise. But most of all, we thank You for the gift of Jesus himself, who makes all of this possible. We pray this in His name, and for your glory. Amen.