Yesterday (Sunday) was the eighth day of Advent and the lighting of the second Advent candle. This candle is purple and is often known as the Bethlehem candle and represents peace. So the focus for week two of Advent is PEACE.
Read Genesis 3:1-7: “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.”
You may be wondering what this passage has to do with Christmas. GOD created us to live in PEACE with Him. He created us to have intimacy in relationship with Him. When Adam and Eve sinned they said “no” to this intimate relationship with GOD and, therefore, they said no to PEACE with GOD. They said “no” to having an authentic intimate love relationship with Him. Their sin was an act of rebellion. But, in the midst of our rebellion, GOD’s plan of peace and intimacy remained. Thousands of years later, in the little town of Bethlehem, a baby would be born who would restore our PEACE with GOD and our intimacy with GOD.
Oh my! This is why we celebrate Christmas in a BIG WAY and in absolute craziness! GOD’s plan for our PEACE and for His desire to have intimacy in relationship with us was not thwarted by the Enemies’ evil ploy! GOD intervened! GOD send His only Son, JESUS, so that we can live in PEACE with Him and so that we can experience intimacy in relationship with Him! This has been GOD’s desire . . . His heart from the beginning of time.
Christmas . . . GOD’s plan for the fulfillment of His heart’s desire . . . you and me!