“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:1-5
There are different scriptures that tell of the coming of our Savior and Lord, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell of the birth in more detail, give the genealogy, and describe the prophecies being fulfilled. They talk of time and place and what was happening around the birth of Jesus. They tell of the family that God placed him in and of humanity and heaven, angels and people together hearing and proclaiming. In John’s gospel, we get a different viewpoint and though the others contain everything we need to know about the birth of Jesus, this account speaks to the authority, power, and promise that God was, is, and always will be - in a way that seems to carry more of a spiritual tone!
We get very busy during this season and we need to remain focused on the source of the light within us that shines out to the world around us. The world is not looking for the coming One nor does it think that it needs a savior. Jesus reminds us that when we feel as if the world hates us, we need to remember that it hated him first. That’s hard for us to grasp during this season of joy and peace, but we have to be aware of the fact that we, as followers of the Way of Christ, are in the minority. The choice you and I have to make is to keep pursuing the One who has pursued us to the point that He has given completely of Himself!
I pray that this scripture reminds us all that it wasn’t at Christmas when Jesus first came into existence, but He was there in the very beginning. His Light has brought hope for the hopeless, food for the hungry, water for the thirsty, clothes for the naked, and shelter for the homeless. May you be reminded that this Light is the Truth that cannot be extinguished. And may we all remember that there is no such thing as darkness, but that darkness is just an absence of light. As you see each light that is displayed this Christmas season may it remind you of the Light that stepped into the very world that He created because He loved you this much! And no matter what the signs may say, you know that this is a time for celebration and expression of abundant love! God is Good all the time! Come Emmanuel!
In Christ’s Love,
Rob Romans 12