Jesus, Light of the World
Light the white candle in middle of the Advent Wreath.
Advent ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. There are three advents in Scripture. The first happened 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. The second can happen now. Jesus wants to come into our lives now. The third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.
Activity: Talk to the children about the meaning of advent. Make this a special time by talking about the real meaning of Christmas. Sing Christmas carols and eat Christmas cookies. You might want to exchange gifts. It would also be a nice touch to have the children act out the Nativity with costumes.
Bible Story: Read Matthew 4:16, Luke 2:25-38. Simeon and Anna were two prophets who lived a very long time. The world was in darkness because of sin. But they knew that when the Messiah, Jesus, came, he would bring light into the world. With that light came hope, peace, joy, and love. When these prophets saw the baby Jesus after He was born, they knew He was the one they were waiting for. They told His mother, Mary, what God had shown them. Jesus is the light of the world.
Verses: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.
Matthew 4:16: These people who live in darkness will see a great light. They live in a place that is very dark. But a light will shine on them.
Luke 2:30-32: I have seen your Salvation with my own eyes. You prepared him before all people. He is a light for the non-Jewish people to see. He will bring honor to your people, the Israelites.
John 1:1-5: Before the world began, there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through him. Nothing was made without him. In him there was life. That life was light for the people of the world. The Light shines in the darkness. And the darkness has not overpowered the Light.
John 3:19-21: People are judged by this fact: I am the Light from God that has come into the world. But men did not want light. They wanted darkness because they were doing evil things. Everyone who does evil hates the light. He will not come to the light because it will show all the evil things he has done. But he who follows the true way comes to the light. Then the light will show that the things he has done were done through God.
John 8:12: Later, Jesus talked to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.”
John 9:5: While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 12:46: I have come as light into the world. I came so that whoever believes in me would not stay in darkness.
Ephesians 5:8: In the past you were full of darkness, but now you are full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light.
1 John 1:5: Here is the message we have heard from God and now tell to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.