The second candle: Peace
For the second candle in Advent, we focus on peace.
[Jesus said] “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God’s peace is not the same as the worlds peace and we cannot understand it, but we can receive it by taking our worries to God and leaving them with him.
Prince of Peace, reveal yourself to us today. We need peace in our lives, our homes, our families, our church, and our whole world. Help us to slow down and seek out the peace you provide, so we may become peacemakers for ourselves and others. In your name, Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
The second candle: The Prophets
The prophets foretold the coming Messiah. He was to be among us as a king.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
We know now that God’s idea of a king was very different to ours, no large ornate palaces, but to be born in a obscurity and for the pinnacle of his reign and power to be not in lording it over people but in the humiliation of being executed on a cross.
But he is still a king, reigning in heaven and a king to all who will receive him. If Jesus is to be your king then he is the one who is in charge, not you. The rules of God’s kingdom are the reverse of the rules of the world. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant and whoever wished to be first must become a slave (Matthew 20:26-27 paraphrased). This was the way Jesus served the world and must be the way we show his authority over the world, by serving the world as he did.