Christmas Day | December 25, 2018
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John 1:1-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
While this morning is not a nativity text in the usual sense, it does tell the story of Jesus coming to earth. John tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. If you’ve been following along our our #adventarrival on Facebook and Instagram, you will have seen that today’s picture is a picture of the planet Venus, just as dawn is breaking over the hills of Eldred. We have had a particularly gloomy fall. Since October, we have only had about 15 sunny days – and that includes days with mostly filtered sunshine. However, last week we had several crystal clear mornings. On one of those mornings I captured this shot.
Our cellphone doesn’t have the best camera, but it did capture Venus in all of its glory. To quote from our devotional thought for tomorrow:
“Even when all is dark – such as late at night during a power outage, even one candle can light up a whole room. Light always wins over darkness. The light of Christ dwells, or tabernacles among us – in Christ, God has set up shop in our midst so that God may work among us, as one of us in Christ Jesus.#adventarrival
What a great thought as I write this in the pre-dawn darkness on Christmas morning. Jesus came to be the light of the world – to dwell within us. Jesus (God’s son) is not watching us from a distance, but is here wanting to work in us. Jesus came to overcome the darkness. What darkness is in your life this morning that you could use Jesus’ help to overcome? Go to him in prayer. As you worship the baby born in a manger today, give thanks for the ways that Jesus has overcome the darkness.