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A Great Light in the Darkness It’s the Christmas season again and with it comes festivity, celebration, and anticipation. The word anticipation captures the essence of Christmas. With all the fun that we experience during this season I wanted to draw our attention to Christ. I want to take some time this season and think deeply about Him in all the riches of His glory. I want to pause and take time to ponder the immeasurable beauty this time of year brings to all who know why we celebrate. This season is about the great light. The great light that is shining in the dark. Light is hopeful, and pure, and warm. It brings definition to things unclear. It makes visible what was once unseen. The great light of Christmas is Jesus Christ. He is the great light that has burst forth into the darkness. “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 We all were in the darkness of our own sinful state. We were hopeless without any way to come to God. Disconnected from His life, goodness, and love (to name a few) before Christ came into the world. Christmas is about the long awaited King who was foretold from the beginning who was coming to destroy the enemy. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” – Genesis 3:15 So today as you enjoy the Christmas season remember the great light that has now burst forth into our dark sin filled situation to bring cleansing, hope, and life to us all (1 John 2:8). Christmas is about the long anticipated King who came and crushed Satan. Praise be to God for the greatest gift of all who came humbly in the manger. Praise be to God that a great light has shown among us. Praise be to God that all who believe in Him are now saved and cleansed of their sin. Praise be to God the now He dwells among us by filling us with the Holy Spirit, Emmanuel, God with us! Reflection Questions: What do you love the most about the Christmas season? What do you anticipate most in this time of year? In what ways are you reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas? Does your Christmas traditions and day to day actions shine to others the true meaning of Christmas? Christ is coming again, what are some ways you can live in anticipation of this? (Like prayer, seeking Him, etc.)

Posted by Parkway Office at Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 0 comments