“Jesus is the reason for the season, so why not decorate with Him in mind?”
I love color! Color is everywhere! Color influences our mood, our habits, our surroundings. It is a very personal thing. God created color. He took His brush and painted the earth with the most incredible hues so we could experience Him through nature and the world we live in. Think of the rainbow. It has a beautiful meaning. It denotes a covenant — an everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (Genesis 9:13, 16 and see also Hebrews 13:20). He set the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet in order with different shades of meaning in each color.
During the holidays, we decorate our homes according to each “season.” We choose certain colors for our tree, our wrapping paper, our clothing, and our decorations. Have you ever thought that the colors you use can also help communicate the message of salvation or open the door to talk about Jesus? I’m going to give you a different glimpse into color today. As you decorate your home for the “seasons,” may you see Jesus through the colors in a new way. Maybe it will open a conversation with others as well. Jesus is the reason for the season, so why not decorate with Him in mind?
BLUE (Hope, Communion)
I love blue. It’s my favorite color! As a matter of fact, it’s the world’s favorite color too! After black (the darkness), blue is the first color with light that God created. Blue is the color of the sky. It means “heavenly.” In the beginning, God created the blue heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). It is a color that is restful and reassuring. It can mean “God’s Spirit or Word.” Aaron wore a beautiful blue robe every time he went into God’s presence, signifying that he was entering into the heavenly realms and communion with God. (Exodus 28:31). During Advent, (the four Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas), this color is used in churches to convey hope. When I was growing up it was purple, but blue has been adopted as a more contemporary color. Our faith rests on the hope that Christ will return on “the last day” from the same blue sky that He ascended to in the book of Acts 1:6-11.
The next most popular color in the world is green. After God made the heavens and the earth, He spoke light into existence, divided the waters, and covered the earth with greenery (Genesis 1:11). Green is also the most prominent color of the rainbow. Green means renewal and life. Jesus came so we would have life to the fullest (John 10:10). Around the bottom of the Advent wreath is fresh evergreen. Evergreen trees stay alive during the winter; they are everbearing. Evergreen branches are used in the church because it means eternal life. Jesus came to give us eternal life. Green is used more than any other color in the church. Green means spiritual growth and prosperity. We will be growing and maturing as disciples of Christ from now through eternity.
BLACK (The absence of light)
In church it is only used two times a year: Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. When Jesus was sacrificed, the sky turned black. Without Him, there would be no bright light to live in or new life to enjoy! It can also be thought of as the hidden mysteries of God. I love black. I wear it a lot and have it in some form or fashion in every room.
WHITE (God, Holy, Pure)
White is the color of purity and completeness. We may think of a white wedding dress, confirmation robes (lol), or a joyful celebration! The church uses white for all the high celebrations of the church year. White reinforces the message of joy: Jesus is the spotless lamb. His triumphant resurrection from the grave and the white grave clothes left behind are cause for celebration!
“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” – Revelation 19:8
RED (Enthusiasm, Zeal, Anointing)
Red is a power color. Go Big Red! (Well, maybe next year…) Christians associate red with Pentecost and the disciples gathered in the Upper Room.
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” – Acts 4:31.
“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” – Acts 4:33.
They went out anointed and empowered to spread the good news to the world around them!
Fun fact: Red creates a stimulating and exciting atmosphere and is used in fast food restaurants, buffets, and casual eateries. It helps to increase the turnover rate of the restaurant and subconsciously increases people’s appetites too!
SCARLET (a vivid red color with an orange tinge)
It is the color at the end of the spectrum next to orange.We think of cherries, tomatoes, or rubies. Healthy human blood is this color. We were purchased with the precious blood of Christ, the Messiah, like that of a sacrificial lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Timothy 1:19: Jesus shed his blood for us so we could live and share his powerful Name with others.
PURPLE (Authority, Royalty).
Violet or purple was a very cherished and expensive color in Jesus’s day. Fun fact: The dye used to make the color was painstakingly acquired by massaging the neck of a Mediterranean shellfish that secreted a special fluid. It was afforded by only the rich and worn most exclusively by royalty. Jesus only wore a purple robe once. The Scriptures record that they placed a “purple garment” on him to mock and ridicule him because He claimed He was a King. How little did they know that Jesus is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords! Jesus had, and always will have, the last word!
YELLOW (GIFT) (A gift (with feeling, gift from or of God, marriage, family, honor )
“Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, you will be like the wings of a dove (spiritual) covered with silver (knowledge), and her feathers with yellow gold (spirit of wisdom and the glory of God).” – Psalm 68:13
Even if we didn’t participate in the battle, we can enjoy victory because it is won by the Lord.
SILVER (Knowledge.) (Knowledge of God = Redemption)
Silver is a precious metal. “If you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures (revelation knowledge) then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” – Proverbs 2:3-4
GOLD (Wisdom, God’s Glory)
Gold represents value and worth; something precious. Gold is also a precious metal. It means truth. Gold is a predominant color found in the Throne Room of heaven. The three Wise Men brought gold to the baby Jesus. The streets of heaven are paved with gold! …Need I say more?
God is a God of living color! His attributes can be seen in every shade and every hue. I hope that when you decorate for the holidays you see Jesus in the colors around you! May it even give you an opportunity to share Jesus with someone!