From Darkness to Light

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As we enter the Christmas season I want to focus on a prophecy about Jesus that was true at the moment of incarnation at his birth and also at the beginning of his ministry. One of the greatest images in Scripture is that of the light penetrating the darkness.

John begins his gospel by talking about the light that overcame the darkness (John 1:5). Light is stronger than darkness. If you ever light a match in a dark room, whatever is near the match becomes visible. You never light a match and don’t see whatever’s around you.

In the same way, when Jesus came into the world is light cannot be extinguished. It penetrates the darkness and overcomes it. The darkness that evil and Satan have brought to this world cannot stand against the light of Jesus.

Christmas is a special time where we recognize the light of Jesus coming into the world for the first time. No matter what our situation may be, how dim and dismal, Jesus can penetrate that situation and bring freedom through his light of revelation.

I love John 1:9 because it says that the true light was coming into the world. He gives light to everyone. Anyone who comes to Jesus, their situation and the truth about the world lights their path to revelation.

We are no longer wandering around in the dark, trying to figure out on our own what’s true and what’s not. Because of Christmas and the coming of Jesus into the world, we can know our situation and the world around us. We can see the schemes of the devil.

Later when Jesus begins his ministry, Matthew 4:15-16 quotes from Isaiah 9:1-2 and tells us that the people who live in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus is the light and through his ministry he revealed everything we need to know about this world and his kingdom.

Knowing Jesus is the greatest thing that can never happen any of us. Through his revelation we see clearly our sin and everything that keeps us from his freedom. He sets us free through the light of his Gospel and revelation.

The greatest gift any of us will receive is to know Jesus. The Christmas season is one of the most depressing and dangerous seasons of all. People feel alone even though they are surrounded by others. People go into deep depression during this time of year.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. The darkness in your life can only be changed by Jesus. Only he can, and reveal to you is joy and grace. But we have two choose him instead of the darkness. We have to choose to walk in his joy rather than in depression and pain.

No matter what you’re going through this Christmas season, turn to Jesus and he will bring light and enjoy into your life. No one else can do that for you. We can’t even do that for ourselves. It is only through knowing Jesus that the light comes into our lives and takes up permanent residence.

Don’t be afraid to open your heart to Jesus this Christmas season. After all, he is the reason we celebrate Christmas. This is his time. And it can be your time to let him in for good. During this Christmas season, don’t just listen to the Christmas story about Jesus coming into the world. Take this time to meet him personally and walk with him every day here after.

Leave a comment below and tell me how Jesus is lighting your path this Christmas season.

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