Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for December 13, 2020; Third Sunday in Advent –
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. John 1:6-8
In our master bedroom, the switch for our bedroom ceiling light is on my husband’s side of the bed. Since we’ve lived in the house, I have found myself becoming more and more dependent upon my cell phone’s flashlight to help me maneuver around the bedroom during the night while my husband sleeps. I’ve come to depend on the light from my phone’s flashlight.
Well, a few weeks ago, my husband and I got new cell phones. The first night with my new phone found me fumbling around our bedroom in the deepest of darkness. I couldn’t find the flashlight on my phone. No matter where I thought the flashlight should be, it wasn’t. With every step my frustration grew at the loss of this trusted convenience. It wasn’t until my husband asked his high school students the next day how to access the flashlight on our new phones that we learned of the whereabouts of this most appreciated feature. I was so thankful to his students for showing us the light.
I can’t help but think how this story is an analogy of the above passage. Jesus is the light of the world, the Messiah, the Redeemer, the Saviour for all of humankind. It’s a fact. It’s as sure of a fact as the fact that my cell phone has a flashlight. And Jesus, our light to guide our way through this life and into eternity, shines bright for those who turn to him and seek him. However, there are many who don’t know of his light, who don’t know how to find his light, are burdened and blinded in the darkness of their own life. They need someone to tell them, to show them where he is, who he is and the path which is illuminated for those who choose to walk in his light. Having the light of the world in the midst of sin’s absolute darkness is life changing! It is safety! It is freedom! And there just may be people in your life tired of being in the dark and asking where the light is for them.
This Advent season, be as willing as those high school students, be like John and share the light of Christ with those who ask and with those who are floundering in the darkness. For into the darkness – yours, mine, and everyone’s- is exactly where Jesus desires to go. In fact, isn’t that what Christmas is; the time when the light of God came into the darkness of humankind? Oh yes it is! Thanks be to God that his light has come to us. For “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me guide people to you, the Light of the World, like John did. In your name I pray. AMEN!