Jesus, the light for all people
We have been reminded through the Advent season that Advent begins in the dark. Too many events in our world confirm that this is true. The ongoing impacts of Covid, the brutal war in the Ukraine, the continuing rise of poverty and homelessness, the devastating news of random acts of violence…, and the list could go on. But the good news of the Advent and Christmas season is that darkness is always overcome by the appearance of light. As the prophet Isaiah proclaims:
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9.2)
The shining light is Jesus!
Yet we feel the darkness of the world, and we face the reality of our own personal times of darkness and pain. We may be grieving the loss of a loved one this Christmas, or fearing the viruses moving around our world, or feeling overwhelmed by the economic uncertainty that swirls around us, or worrying about our health needs, or the health crisis of someone we love. Life in 2022, as in the last few years, has not been easy, but the coming of Jesus, the one who saves, Emmanuel God with us, the light that shines in darkness, is the truth we can hold, and a hope we can celebrate this Christmas!
At Christmas we celebrate a God who loved the world so much that he came to us as a vulnerable human baby, born to an unwed couple, in less than ideal birthing conditions, during a social, political and religious time of upheaval. At Christmas we celebrate that Jesus comes as the light for all people. At Christmas we celebrate that Jesus comes to save us!
“The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,” (Titus 2.11).
This Christmas may you and your family, along with all people, experience the love of God filling your heart, the peace of Jesus calming your fears, and the joy and hope of the Spirit inspiring your living. This Christmas may you receive the salvation that has come for you and all people!
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders,
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9.6)
Pastor Mike & Pastor Ray