Advent - Faith
The second Sunday of Advent is the Faith or the Bethlehem Candle. This candle continues with the hope from last week, focusing that hope into faith. Hebrews tells us that: "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." This faith is not blind; it is firmly placed upon Someone who is all-powerful and all-knowing. This faith is established upon the person of Jesus Christ, whom we celebrate on December 25th.
As we focus our attentions onto Christ's birth, it is with the knowledge that thousands of years beforehand, God promised to send the Messiah, the anointed one, to reconcile us with the God-head. It is a wonderful message that we, living after Christ's birth, can hold on to: God fulfills His promises. The question becomes in what have you placed your faith? Is it in a god who promises that your life will be easy if you follow him? Or is it in the God of the Bible who promises that His yoke is light, but does not deny that there is work to be done?
When you focus on the advent this year, remember that Christ is the fulfillment of prophecies, and that He is one in whom we can place our trust and faith.