December 3rd, 2019
Psalm 119:105 (KJB) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The Four Sundays before December twenty-fifth are celebrated by some in lighting a candle, one is lit for each week of the Christmas season and in leaving these candles to shine throughout the holiday season. This act serves as the official “countdown to Christmas” some would say.
This observance involving candle lighting is an old tradition. The candles are said to represent the light of God. Is this practice rooted in the Word of God? You see, a child of God must test everything through the lens of God. This critical testing allows a man or woman of God to determine if doing something is from the leading of God or is not grounded in Him.
The Bible does have much to say about God’s light beginning in Genesis Chapter 1 proceeding throughout the entire cannon scripture; including John 1:5, being a light Matthew 5:16, and His narrow pathway John 14:6 for learning and application.
Some would point to the bright star in the sky divinely lighting the way for the shepherds in the field to find baby Jesus as being one of the most important Bible verses pointing to the lighting of candles for the season. Others might look farther into the future in pointing out that though His birth was the beginning of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, it is His eternal light shining since the beginning and His empty tomb that gives each of us eternal hope and meaning both now and for the future.
Indeed, you know that Jesus is no longer found in the cradle, in the grave, or hanging upon Calvary, but He has risen from this earth to sit at the right hand of His Father, and that is the reason we celebrate His eternal light with unfailing hope every day.
Placing undue weight on the lighting candles or in following an earthly calendar for marking and celebrating holiday events, whether it be in or outside the church, can be viewed as practicing traditions of man and using them as a limited lens of the future. The details recorded about His birth, death, burial. And resurrection in His Word ultimately reach far beyond the act of lighting candles and offer the best earthly view possible concerning truth about the future.