- Matthew 1:22-23The first candle on the Advent wreath which we light was originally called the Prophecy Candle. We follow the prophecy of God becoming true man and the prophecy of how his life and death would save us, as they are recorded throughout the Old Testament and the Gospel Books of the New Testament.
#2The Bethlehem CandleMatthew 2:6The second candle on the Advent wreath which we light reminds us that God, through the prophets of the Old Testament, even revealed where the savior would be born. We continue to see how God preserved the lineage for Jesus to be born according to the prophecies. His humble birth in Bethlehem reminds us that he came to save all mankind, and even though he is king of all creation, his true throne is in our hearts.
#3The Shepherds' CandleLuke 2:8-20The third candle on the Advent wreath which we light is the Shepherds' candle because God first gave the good news of our savior's birth to shepherds. We see the significance in that because Jesus is the shepherd of all Christians, and because the shepherds were average people who would effectively spread the good news to others.
#4The Angel CandleHebrews 1:14The fourth candle on the Advent wreath which we light is the Angel candle. God sent angels to deliver the messages of Jesus' birth, and they will take part in delivering the message of Jesus' return. We know their messages are from God because angels appearing in all their glory is a miracle in and of itself.