Daily Scripture Reading: John 1:9-14
As we continue to walk through the Gospel of John and this Christmas season together, I want to remind us once again that Christmas isn’t just a historical celebration. It is a time of preparation to ready our hearts and lives and to live as we are created to live as children of God.
This passage speaks to that timeless presence of Christ, the Word made flesh, who entered our world to brighten the shadows of sin at work in the world. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, it's a reminder not to miss the profound impact of His light in dispelling the darkness in our lives.
One of the aspects of darkness outside of sin is loneliness and I am sure the list can go on. Verse 12, declares, "But to all who welcomed Him, who believed in His name, He granted the right to become children of God." Children of God, I worry, that we sometimes forget the significance of this phrase. We are truly adopted in and a part of the royal family of God. So, this Christmas, let's invite the gift of Christ into our hearts, believe in His name, and experience the transformative power of becoming children of God, including treating one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. This prepares our hearts for His return.
But there's more to the story. The passage invites us to a greater anticipation—the return of Christ the next Christmas. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." The Christ who was with us in a humble manger will one day return. So, as we celebrate the Christmas story, let's also turn our gaze to the future, getting ready for the second Advent of our Savior.
In these times of celebration, reflection, and anticipation, let's be diligent in recognizing the light of Christ in our lives. May we be watchful and ready for His return, just as the shepherds and the wise men recognized the significance of His birth.
Dear God, as we navigate the Christmas season, let our hearts resonate with the truth of John 1:14: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." May this truth guide us as we prepare for His return with hope, joy, and a deep awareness of His abiding presence in our lives. Amen.
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