The past few weeks we have been going through an Advent series called “A Star is Born,” where we have been retelling the story of Christmas from several different perspectives of background characters in the narrative. On Christmas Eve we talked about the real star of the story, the star that was born for all us in a manger in Bethlehem. The star who was born to be the Savior of the World- Jesus Christ.
There is a darkness that plagues our world and lives. We don’t have to go far to see that darkness- just turning on the news can show us that darkness is real and present in our world. We all struggle with at least some bit of darkness in our lives. John 1 talks about God shining light in the middle of the chaos and darkness of the world. The beginning of John connects with the beginning of Genesis, for both use imagery of light shining in the darkness. The hope we find in this scripture is that the light shines in whatever darkness we are facing right now, and the darkness cannot overcome it. With the flicker of the Light, the darkness fades.
Sometimes the light shining in the darkness is a really small, but it’s enough. A light that shines in the darkness can keep us out of danger, like a lighthouse on the stormy seas. A light that shines in the darkness can also say welcome home, like a warm light outside a house. Sometimes things can seem like a light, but they take us in the wrong direction, so we need to make sure that we are following the right light. The light of Jesus is the true light of the world that shines in the darkness in our life. As John 1:5 states, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome the light.” May we all claim this scripture for ourselves this Christmas and beyond.
Sometimes we think it is impossible to embrace the light because of our hectic lives. We think we are expected to be the Light; however, only Jesus is the Light of the World. Rather, we are called to be John the Baptists. We are not the Light, but we testify about the Light, so that others might receive the Light too. May we all embrace the Light of Christ this Christmas season and testify to that Light so that others may receive it too.
Questions to Consider and Discuss:
1. Can you use a little bit of the light this Christmas? In what ways?
2. How has Christ’s light shone in the midst of darkness in your life in the past?
3. What do you hear, see, smell, taste, feel when you hear the word “light”?
Monday- John 1:1-10
Tuesday- John 1:11-18
Wednesday- Genesis 1:1-5
Thursday- Matthew 5:13-16
Friday- Isaiah 60:1-7