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1 In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
4 through the Word was life,
and the life was the light for all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
When John wrote Jesus’ story, he focused on the event’s profound spiritual meaning rather than on the physical facts Luke and Matthew had reported. Yet the key elements came through in John as much as in those other gospels. In Matthew, the magi followed a star in the darkness (Matthew 2:10). In Luke, the glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds at night (Luke 2:9). John described Jesus’ coming with the words, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Lord, you were (and are) light to our darkness. You came to restore and uplift your entire creation. Help me play my humble part in that vast, saving mission. Amen.
It always helps me to see it. My family loves to play games together. Inevitably this week while we’re together for the holidays, we’ll learn a new game. I always pay attention to whoever is explaining it verbally, even though I know ultimately, I will understand it best once I see it.
I felt that same way on Christmas Eve when the candlelight was passed. I heard what it meant that Jesus entered into our dark world as the Light, but it helped me to see it. I understood it best once the room was dark and the light entered in and gradually filled it.
When I think about one of the reasons God would show up in our world, I wonder if it is because God understood we needed to see it. Jesus shows us with his life what it can look like to live our lives. And so I wonder about people who are looking for light in this world. Perhaps the same thing applies=–they might understand that light best by seeing it.
What I know from the whole story, not just the Christmas story, is that God desires to use us as light in the world so that others can see and understand the Light. So may the light we carry from Christmas shine for all people, so they might see God’s light.
* NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Location 239424). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.