“Honey, would you please bring me the flashlight? I guess the circuit breaker tripped. There must be a short somewhere in these Christmas lights. The batteries are dead? Well, that figures. How about a candle? Surely we have one around here somewhere. I can’t get anything accomplished without some light.”
Sound familiar? I guess we’ve all been there. It’s frustrating to try to get around in the dark. However, in a much greater sense, many people spend their whole life in darkness, with no guidance or direction…simply because they fail to put their trust in God.
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Prisoners in misery and chains,
Because they had rebelled against the words of God
And spurned the counsel of the Most High. Psalm 107: 10-11
Life’s trials and challenges are difficult enough without the added burden of going through them alone, in total darkness…without the help and guidance of a God who loves us. Imagine a love so great that He chose to leave His throne in Heaven, experience our pain, and to bear it for us.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means “God with us”. Matthew 1:23
This is the time of year when we celebrate that glorious event. The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is because of Him, and only Him, that we no longer have to stumble about in darkness.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 1:8
May the joy of this Christmas season remain within us throughout the coming year, and remind us why we celebrate.
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:2