The Colors of Christmas

As you see the beautiful lights, colors and decorations this Christmas, think about the things of Christ and all He has given to us by His coming into the World. 

When you see the color, GREEN think of the eternal life God has given you in Christ.  The Advent Wreath is formed into a circle made of green boughs to symbolize the circle of eternal life that we have in Christ.  Just as the circle has no beginning and no end, so our life in Christ has no end.   The Christ-candle is placed in the center reminding us that Christ is to be the center of our lives as Christians.  When He is at the center of our lives, life is full and eternal.

RED is probably the second most common color of Christmas.  Some wreaths are made of holly that has green leaves and red berries.  The bright red berries stand out so beautifully against the dark green. When you see RED, think of the blood of Christ that gives us the eternal life we possess through our faith in Christ which is represented by GREEN.

Three of the candles on the Advent Wreath are usually PURPLE reminding us that the Baby born in that manger is the King of heaven and earth. This was prophesied in Psalms 2 where David wrote, For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen kingon the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”  – NLT.  The word for “Chosen King” in Hebrew is“Messiah” and in Greek “Christ”.  When the early Christians declared that “Jesus is Lord” in Roman times it was a declaration that Jesus Christ was the Ruler and King over all Creation.  Roman Caesars tried to claim this title for themselves, but they all died.  But Jesus, the King of all kings reigns forever. The increase of His Kingdom and His Peace will continue forever!  (See Isaiah 9:7)

Sometimes the Advent candles are BLUE instead of purple. Blue is a color that brings calm to our souls.  It symbolizes things like loyalty, wisdom, trust and strength.*  God’s plan to save us through the birth of tiny Infant laid in a manger and allow Him to die upon a cross, then rise again on the third day is foolishness to most people.  Yet the wisdom and strength of God is wiser than the wisest counsels of men.  Through that tiny Baby, Jesus grew and proved Himself to be the Messiah that was promised in the Scriptures.  By His sacrificial death and resurrection, He made eternal life available to everyone.  Jesus brings peace and calm to our souls.

The third candle we light on the Advent wreath is PINK and is called the “angel candle”.   Pink as a mixture of red and white is a color that reminds us caring and compassionate love. Some say unconditional love and understanding.*   We oftenuse it for little girls perhaps because they grow up to primary care-givers showing unconditional love for their children and their families.  For us it can represent the unconditional love and care that God has for all people as expressed in John 3:16-17 and announced by the angels to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born.

WHITE, we see it in the snow of winter covering the ground like a blanket.  White represents purity.  In the Advent Wreath, the Christ candle is always white and always in the center. The white emphasizes the holiness and purity of Christ, the spotless Lamb of God without sin or blemish. Jesus imparts His purity to us through our faith in Him for the forgiveness of our sins. Christ brings purity everyone who puts their faith in Him.  As 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” ­­–NLT.  Or as God said in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – NLT

GOLD is often used for ornaments, on Christmas cards, etc. As a precious metal it speaks of the tremendous worth of Christ.  Jesus the glorified Christ appeared in Revelation 14:14 wearing a crown of gold. The Ark of the Covenant was overlaid with gold, as were the walls of Solomon’s Temple.  We are told the heavenly city, the new Jerusalem, will be made of gold as pure as glass, with streets of gold (Revelation 21:18-21).  Gold speaks to us of the tremendous wealth that God himself has reserved for us in heaven.  God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts and He desires to give us all of this. The goodness and value of His gift are beyond human measure. 

The colors ofthe Christmas season can remind us so much of the things God has freely given to us because of our faith in Christ. But we should not keep this joy to ourselves we must share this wonderful gift of salvation in Christ with all who are willing to listen.  As Zachariah said about his son, John the Baptist’s mission, so our mission as Christians is to “tell people how to find salvation through the forgiveness of their sins”.  Luke 1:77 NLT.

If you have not experienced the wonderful gift of Jesus, I invite you to do so this Christmas season.  Simply talk to Jesus (no you can’t see Him, but He is listening and watching) by faith.  Tell Him you are sorry for your sins and askHim to help you turn away from them.  (He will.)  Then follow him, trusting Him to lead you every step of the way.  Find a good Bible preaching church or group of Christians to help you grow in your faith.  Read the Bible, as it is the Word of God and it has the power to transform your life.

 *See, by Jacob Oleson.

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