The Light of the World Has Come

Most Americans would freely admit that this past year of 2020 has been a dark time in our nation's history and in the personal history of many individuals and families.  Isolation, fear of disease and/or death, financial worries or even devastation . . . all have brought a sense of loss and hurt to most of us.  For many, the Christmas celebration was subdued if any at all.  Many were so at a loss to provide even bare necessities that Christmas was simply not a reality.  Even some abandoned children and pets in misled desperation.  It has been a dark time, indeed.

Yet, the Scripture would have us look through a different lens.  "Rejoice, for your Light has come!!"  The Apostle John has declared that the Light of the World has come, and that where light is, the darkness cannot overcome it.  Yes, that Baby in that far off millenium has come and walked this earth and preached and healed and died and arisen.  He it is that John declared to be the Light that has shone forth in this world, the glory and very image of the Eternal Father.  The Apostle Paul has declared that the Light has shone in our hearts, those who have believed him to be the Christ, the Son of God.   And that Light is the brilliance of the Good News that God's very glory has come to earth in the life of a human baby, born of a Virgin, born to bring salvation to all who would believe in his name.  

"For God so loved the world, that the eternal Son was given, that whoever believed in his Name would have eternal life."

In that verse, John has declared the love of the Eternal Father and the giving of the Greatest Christmas Gift ever!  So it is that we can endure the darkness of human existence, in the midst of Pandemic and all its attendant woes, and see the Light of Jesus shining in hearts and lives.  It is that Presence within us as believers that lives in the Person of the Holy Spirit, the life of God that changes the lens through which we can view human  life.  And as we realize this reality we are changed daily to walk in faith, to trust in the goodness and Presence of God within, and to share that Light with others around us.

 

"O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels, their great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel!"

 

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