introduction to week 4

the jesus candle


Reflections of Him…


Once again, be sure to light the three previous candles before you light the fourth candle. Repeat each candle’s name and significance as you light each candle. You are now ready to light the fourth candle of the Advent Season, the Jesus Candle.


WEEK FOUR INTRODUCTION


Depending on what day of the week Christmas falls on each year, your fourth week will bring a different number of days to complete this fourth candle. Some years you will do all seven, other years you may only have a couple of days before Christmas hits. You can simply do the devotions each year affords, or you can continue finishing past Christmas to complete the week. Either way, I hope and pray you are blessed by keeping your focus on Jesus throughout this chaotic, yet holy time of year.


ONE SOLITARY LIFE


He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another village.

He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book.

He never held an office.

He never owned a home.

He never had a family.

He never went to college.

He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born.

He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness.

He had no credentials but himself.

While He was still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away.

He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed to the cross between two thieves.


While he was dying, his executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, and that was his coat. When He was dead, He laid in a borrowed grave through the kindness of a friend. Nearly twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is still the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress.


(Anonymous)

-Marilyn