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For God So Loved!

Eternal Life
Today’s Reading: John 3:1–17


The Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him
(vv. 14–15 NIV)


The Advent season is marked by lovely traditions that remind us of the events surrounding Jesus’s coming to earth. Arguably, one of the most undervalued traditions is the Advent wreath.

The wreath is made of evergreen branches and laid flat to hold the various Advent candles, each of which has its own special significance. For most people, the focus is on the candles. The wreath itself is overlooked as a mere support.

Nevertheless, the wreath has its own significant message, for it points to the mission of the Savior. The evergreen materials symbolize eternal life which, after all, is why the Father sent the Son—to rescue us and give us salvation. In the Bible’s best-known verse, we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).

God’s love for us prompted Jesus’s arrival on earth, for the greatest rescue mission in human history. He came to set us free from our slavery to sin and death, and to give us a relationship with the Father that would endure eternally.

So this year, when you see an Advent wreath, appreciate the candles and all that they represent. But look beyond the candles to that simple evergreen circle—it reminds us of the Savior’s mission to give us a forever.

Bill Crowder
Windows on Christmas