In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. …
16 From his abundance we have all received
one gracious blessing after another.
May you enter the Christmas season with open eyes to recognize the Lord’s presence and working around and in you. May your ears be tuned to the sounds of revival, restoration and freedom, the very reasons the baby Jesus was sent to humanity. May you discern his heavenly presence in the glory of creation that testifies to our Holy Creator. May the very joy Christ felt at creation, fill you and return with every gaze.
May you make the most of these opportunities to experience the Lord’s glory. May all distractions be blocked and laid aside. May all sadness, anger and resentment be left at the Cross. And while pondering the sacrifice for which the baby Jesus was sent, may you cling to its finished work and be forever hidden from your enemies in its shadow.
What more proof do we need? We are loved with an everlasting love, a love that lifts us up out of the darkness of this world. Let us come and celebrate our new identity in Christ! We are loved. We belong to our Triune God. As believers, the Holy Spirit lives in us, we are in Christ, and together we are hidden in the Father. We will never be lost and alone again. We are precious to our heavenly Father who treasures us in his heart. We are chosen, called by name to a heavenly position and a Kingdom work that only we can do.
As we celebrate, may we be gently reminded of those who God has chosen who are still left in the darkness. May God give us his compassion, strength and conviction to go, to speak out and to be used to gather all who belong to the amazing, supernatural Kingdom that is calling them to be freed, healed and restored.
Then, let us gather together in awe of our beautiful King Jesus. The train of his robe, not only fills the Temple, but the entire universe, his creation. The light he brought into this world can never be extinguished! Be blessed to believe and experience his presence and light in you!