We are in the season of the celebration of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Christmas brings many traditions and holiday activities. For many of us, it is our favorite time of year. Our dreary winters are dressed up in shiny colors, twinkling lights, and holiday get-togethers. Often we are so busy, we hardly have time to pause, remember, and give thought to the reason we celebrate. I love this verse of the angel proclaiming Jesus’ coming to the shepherds. It is an expression of all that defines Christmas for me. We have angels, light, proclamation, shepherds, and sheep. I always imagine a bright star in the sky. Jesus has come. God has drawn near.
8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:8-11 (CSB)
The world can be a very dark place. Not dark as in no illumination, but dark as in a tunnel, a tunnel with no light at the end. Surely this world if full of evil, pain, and suffering. Darkness seems to prevail across the face of this earth. God, however, has chased away the darkness. Over 2000 years ago Jesus came into our world as a baby. He did not come into a world decorated with twinkling lights and smelling of gingerbread. He came into a dark, chaotic place. Light came into the world. We would no longer walk in darkness. This light was not fleeting but is a light that remains with us to this day. If you are walking in darkness, you need do so no more. Jesus came 2000 years ago. He is alive and calling you. Take time during this season to seek Him and to ask for light to be infused into your existence.
God has not abandoned us. God has made a way.
Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (CSB)