The first Sunday of Advent has the theme of “Hope”. The first candle is called the “prophet’s candle” because it represents the Old Testament expectation of the coming Messiah. Hope is more than wishful thinking, it is living with expectation. As Christians, we are to be people of Hope because we have the risen Christ to assure us of our own victory over sin and death.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.