In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)
Blinding to those who prefer the darkness of their caves of sin, but illuminating to all who believe and confess! Jesus Christ is the Light of the World! A light that shined brightly since before there was a sun, moon, or stars. The origin of light; Light itself! He shines everywhere! Clearly Jesus shines on your good days. The ones of celebration like a raise at work, a gathering of loving family, or an unexpected blessing. Brightly Jesus shines. But also, perhaps more so, in the darkness. Being in the dark has a way of making any light appear all the brighter. So to our darkness – our days we’d classify as bad – Jesus comes and shines! The day you lost your job, a family member, or some other unexpected pain. All the brighter shines Jesus! May we look to Him.
Shine Jesus, shine! Amen.
From you shall come forth for me One who is to be Ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2b)
Calling forth things from the antediluvian history of His plan of salvation for creation, the Lord fulfills everything ever uttered, ever whispered, ever suspected, ever imagined. From the depths of ancient prophecy, the Lord brings forth His beloved Son. Unheralded by the mighty ones, shepherds first received word. No birth announcements sent throughout the land, but quietly out of the way Mary brought forth her Firstborn. As the heavenly host rearranged itself and produced a wandering star, only pagan foreigners recognized reality and went to gaze upon the face of God. The smallest of towns forever memorialized as the birthplace of God in the flesh: O little town of Bethlehem! From Bethlehem to the cross to you this very day, the long awaited Savior comes and saves.
Gracious Jesus, we have long awaited the fulfillment of your promises to us. Come soon! Amen.