JOY TO THE WORLD
That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
The Gospels give a complete account of Jesus’ birth, but they do not all repeat exactly the same thing. In Matthew and Luke, we learn about Jesus’ birth. But as you can see that John does not mention Jesus’ birth at all. John explains the significance of Jesus coming into this world instead.
“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.” (John 1:9-10)
As we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate that God gave His only Son to save each and every one of us and to be with us at all times and in all places. Just as Mary placed Jesus in a manger, God placed Himself into our difficult, messy, and often stressful world so that Jesus would be our Light and save us from the darkness of the world.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
John associates Jesus with the creation of the world: “In the beginning was the Word.” Who is this Word? As we read the rest of John’s Gospel, the Word is the Son of God. But God did not create the world and then step back. He entered the world He had made and became just like us.
God wanted to join us in our way, listen to what makes us happy or sad, stop us from walking around in circles, and save us from the darkness of the world to live a life full of joy and peace.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
God provided the very Savior we needed. Divine and human (without sin), Jesus makes us right with God by His sacrifice on the cross. Now we can see what John was saying in today’s Bible verse, just as Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds saw a long time ago, the glory of Jesus, Who became like us to save us from our sins. Now that is Joy to the world!
Are you living your day full of joy and peace today?
Heavenly Father, as I celebrate Christmas, I celebrate that You gave Your only Son to save me and to be with me at all times and in all places. I am never alone. Jesus became the Light, so I do not have to live in darkness. Now I have a life full of joy and peace. Because Your Words are spirit and life, I will read, meditate, and speak what You say. That is choosing You to be that Light that shines through me to others. We all must let our light shine for Christmas and throughout the year. Glory to You in the highest, peace on earth, good will toward men. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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