Friday, December 25, 2015

The True Light that Enlightens Every Man Has Come Into the World

The True Light that Enlightens Every Man Has Come Into the World
Though there is much evil and darkness in today's world, there was plenty of evil in the world when Jesus was born, too.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....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) The darkness tried to snuff out the life of Jesus when he was but a toddler, but it wasn't God's time yet. He needed to remain on earth until the purpose of his life here was fulfilled on Good Friday.

During his life on earth, Jesus had more enemies than  friends. Most of those he came to save from the darkness rejected him.  Those who were afraid he might try to establish a throne on earth and threaten the established religious and political powers made sure he was crucified. Death, though, could not hold him. He conquered it. The darkness could not overcome him then and it can't now. 

Still today, many do not receive him, and they still try to put out his light. "But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born not of blood nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1: 12-13.) God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world,  but that the world might be saved  through him. (John 3:17)

If you haven't gotten to know Jesus yet, and you want to, just open a Bible to the book of John and take some time this Christmas to read it. It will show you the heart of God and how you can know him. That just might be the best present you will get in your life. If you already have received new life through Jesus, celebrate how it all began. Peace to you this Christmas season, no matter what else goes on in the world.