As a part of my Advent devotionals this year, I feel God calling me to write often about what He’s teaching me this season. I’m guessing it’s going to be a great way to keep me focused on Jesus in the midst of the Christmas “craziness”. So, here goes…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4 ESV)
Jesus has always been. He existed in eternity with God. Christmas marks his birth on earth as the Son of Man but Jesus, the Son of God, has always existed. Everything God has created, all the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis, was made through Jesus. Also, all life is in Jesus and that life is LIGHT.
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:9-12 ESV)
When Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph Christmas Eve in that manger, he came to bring LIGHT to the whole world. But, most people in his time and ours do not know him or recognize him as the LIGHT. But, those who do receive him as the LIGHT that “shines in the darkness” (John 1:5), are given the right to become children of God.
My prayer this week is that as I light my Christmas candles and turn on my Christmas lights; I would be reminded of Jesus, the Light of World, who came for me and for the whole world to overcome darkness.