In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Love Overcomes Darkness
Something began to happen this past Wednesday, December 26th. Maybe you didn’t even notice. Slowly but surely, Christmas began to fade away. Christmas leftovers are 50% off or more. The radio stations return to normal broadcasts. After 24 hours and 7 days a week for a whole month, the season of loving, sharing, and giving seems to be over as if to say, “Time to move on…”
Not so fast! We can’t afford to pack away Christmas just yet. God’s love and generosity do not have a time limit or season of the year. Jesus is the Word who became flesh. That means God decided to come to us. He came to us in the human flesh of a tiny baby. He came to stay with us until God’s plan of salvation was complete. Now he lives and will shine forever!
In the darkness of our lives, we need the light of Jesus to still shine. In him is life and that life is the light of all people. No amount of sin or trouble can overpower it. The eternal Word lights up our hearts so that we are pulled from the darkness of sin. If this light is for all people, for everyone, then surely it is for us because we are part of everyone.
We can’t afford to pack away Christmas love and light. May it heat up our hearts so that we burn with a desire to share the light of his love with others!
Lord Jesus, the Word in the flesh, thank you for your eternal gift of love to the world. Fill us with your grace and truth. Light us up inside so we reflect you for others. Amen.