Joy and Celebration of Sharing the Good News
Blog by Lisa Collins
For advent this week we will be lighting the pink candle often referred to as the shepherd candle representing joy or rejoicing. This candle also symbolize the transformation of repentance to celebration.
Shepherds were lowly people, often outcasts, yet God showed them His glory in a huge way. God sent, what the Jesus Storybook Bible refers to as, troops and troops of angels armed with light to tell the Shepherds of the birth our savior, Jesus! And how did the Shepherds respond?
“And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.” Luke 2:16.
Another instance that the bible mentions ‘running with haste’ was when the angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her she would be the mother of the Son of God, Mary ran with haste to tell Elizabeth the good news.
This advent, I would like to have that same boldness and excitement that Mary and the shepherds had that day when they heard the news of the coming messiah. I don’t know your story, but if it’s like mine, an angel of the Lord never appeared with troops armed with light, but we can have that same exuberance as Mary and the shepherds!
Reading and meditating on the Old Testament, and how they longed for the coming messiah that was prophesied, builds up the anticipation and deep significance of the birth of Jesus. Christmas means God made peace between Himself and sinners. The significance of this starts with the fall when peace was broken between us and God.
Remembering all that God has done in our lives and how He shows up in huge ways - not because we deserve anything but because of Christ alone, is also evidence and motivation enough to bring us to action, and to share the good news of the Christ who has come and is coming again!
We are given opportunities daily to pour the gospel into our children hearts and minds. Lets run with haste to read them about the significance of Advent and the birth of Christ! I pray that we are even bold enough like Mary and the shepherds to share the Gospel with others this Christmas season and have our children witness our joy in speaking the Truth to others and maybe they will be inspired to share the good news of Jesus as well!
You can use the Family Devotional Guide to help with your conversations and what verses to read to your family. The guide is also helpful in providing a prayer and songs of joy to celebrate what God has done during the third week in Advent!