Thursday, November 23, 2017

Advent Reflection #3: The Great Light Has Come!

KEY TEXT: Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. NKJV

KEY THOT: Jesus is the light of the world. He came to shine His light upon darkness, to expel and expose the darkness and death that people of this world are walking in. The light is a source of joy for those seeking a way out of darkness and death caused by their bondage to sins and Satan. But not everyone welcomes the light. Those who love darkness hates the light because the light exposes their dark deeds: "But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light" (Ephesians 5:13). 

So Christmas is both a source of joy and a source of contempt, depending on our attitude towards darkness. Those who are accustomed to darkness and do not want their dark deeds exposed by light will reject the Christmas that brings in the Great Light. However, for those who are tired of walking in the darkness and death of their addictions and sins, Christmas is a day of great rejoicing, for the light has come! Darkness is dispelled and Death is destroyed. Glory to God in the highest!

As we approach this season of Advent (beginning in December), let's rejoice in the light that has come. Let's reject darkness of sins, for there is no rejoicing in the darkness and death brought about by sins. But only light can bring life. 

So Christmas means the end of darkness and death for Christ brings light to expose darkness and life to expel death. Thanks be to God!

Abba-Father, what a season to rejoice! For indeed, the light has come and darkness and death must now flee! Thank You Jesus for bringing to us light and life in place of darkness and death. Amen.

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