As we continue to celebrate Jesus' birth while waiting for his Second Coming, my devotion for today is based on John 1:5,9, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world."
In many parts of the world, candles and strings of lights illuminate homes inside and out in the weeks before Christmas. Those lights can also point us to an essential truth about Christmas. The Bible describes the natural condition of humanity as darkness. In the darkness that we call sin, we are helpless and vulnerable. Dangers lurk all around us. We can't see God or anything truly good. We can't see the path through life that ends up anywhere but death.
But Christmas changed all of that. A Savior was born to dwell among us to bring light into our darkness. He overcame the darkness of sin through his perfect life as the Son of God. He destroyed sin's hold on our hearts and lives with his innocent death. The message of the Bible opens our eyes to see Jesus as the light that shines on the only path away from death to life that never ends.
With each Christmas light that pierces the darkness of these December nights, remember Jesus, the Savior, born to dwell among us and bring true light into the world. He is the light that keeps shining long after the Christmas decorations are stored away.
Please pray with me, Lord Jesus; thank you for bringing true light into our dark world. Let your light shine in my heart so that others can see your love through my words and actions. In your blessed name, I pray. Amen.