Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12
All throughout the scriptures, there is a constant rhythm of Christ calling us unto Himself. This call is a personal invitation for us to abide in Him and with Him. It can no longer be the faith of our fathers and our grandfathers. We must choose to abide in the hope and love that He offers for ourselves. We choose to accept His sacrifice and His saving grace extended to the Gentiles and to all the nations of the world. Christ came as a babe to raise us as spiritual sons of Abraham. The root of Jesse was birthed from the defeated stump to bring life and stand as a beacon to the nations. Let us come once more in to awe and reverence of the Lord Christ's entry in to this world.
With this second candle, we light it in honor of the hope that burns bright in our hearts. It is filled with visions of peace on earth and the lion and the bear living in harmony with the ox and lamb. All is brought to complete justice and proper order. This hope not only burns on this candle, but also in our hearts as we yearn to share this gift and salvation with others.
Let us be bold in sharing the gift of hope and salvation to all those whom He loves.