Advent Devotional-December 1

December 1                                Tuesday                                             Light

“In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)

 

The hearers of this good news knew what “light” meant—it was a symbol of hope. The writer of John is trying to tell his hearers that Jesus is the embodiment and fulfillment of that hope for “all people.” For a people oppressed by a Roman regime, oppressed by their religious leaders, and oppressed by the weight of their own sin (both personal and social sin), Jesus is the hope they have been waiting for. All darkness is received into the heart of God, and is there swallowed up. There is nowhere darkness can hide from where Jesus cannot banish it. Jesus is the pure light who walks the earth, who comes among us—not as a mere symbol of hope—but as one of us, even as a little child.

 

Like the original hearers of the Gospel of John, our social structures, our self-centeredness, and our own sin act as dark forces in our world that affect us and affect the lives of others. Remember that Jesus is the light of all people, extinguishing darkness and making our world more just. This Advent, ask Jesus to come and be among you as a light shining in the darkness. And the darkness shall not overcome it.

 

Eric Bebber

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