Madison Christian Church

Devotional, December 7th

Darkness can be depressing.  Darkness can be fine when you want to sleep or watch a movie I suppose.  But it is so dreary, blah and can give you a sense of foreboding.

Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…”  It then goes on to give the prophecy in vs. 6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder…”  Then in the N.T. we read in John 1:1-14 about the light that came into the world.  In those verses the word “light” is used 7 times.   John was saying the light to which Isaiah referred has come in the person of Jesus.  In John 1:4 he said, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”…

I love the words in O Little Town of Bethlehem that say, “Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light, the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.”

As the book of Genesis begins with words about God creating the heavens and the earth, John begins His gospel talking about the Creator being Jesus who is God.  As Genesis begins talking about darkness covering the face of the deep and God saying, “Let there be light”, John began His gospel saying of Jesus in 1:9, “The true light which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”

Use this Christmas season to focus on how Jesus has given light to your life.  Doesn’t He help you to see and understand life better?  Doesn’t He give you warmth?  Doesn’t He light your path?  Doesn’t He help you see people and the world better? Doesn’t He give you light to have hope so that even when the world is falling apart around us and terrorism is spreading throughout the world, you know He is still in charge and is not terrorized by any of it?

Set up a light or a candle in your house or in your work place to remind you of the light of God who came into the world to give such light to our souls by living within us.  1Thess. 5:5 says, “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”