The Light of Advent in the Dark of 2020

Sunday was the mark of the beginning of Advent, the first day in the countdown toward Christmas where we celebrate the birth of Christ.


The year of 2020 was a year of confusion, doubt, sadness, disappointments, and darkness. Even if you try to shove it aside as a call to “focus on the good” it is undeniable that everyone was impacted in some way by the craziness this year brought. Grief is real. Hardships are, well, hard. Even if you felt comfy and cozy in your home, you knew someone close to you who suffered from the effects of a fallen world. We grieve because we know the very nature of Jesus grieved for the hurting and the sick and the lost.


When we suffer, when we are broken down, when the comforts of life, health, and wealth are stripped away, we are forced to take a good hard look at the meaning of life and redefine or remember where our hope is built. And prayerfully, it points us to nothing less than Jesus’ blood, righteousness, and about the truth revealed to us through God’s word.

Through Jesus, the Word.

Because the Word was God.

And the Word was with God.

Since the beginning.


The book of John is one of the unique Gospels where it does not start with a historical account of His birth but rather an account of His deity, history of the very beginning, a word picture of light, explaining His presence in the world and even at the beginning of Creation. It talks about his presence as God, as the Word, with God, and the hope of life for us all. The mysteries of Scripture are often revealed through parables or word pictures.


When God created light in the beginning, He created it in such a way to explain the relationship of darkness and light. He knew John 1 would say what is does today and how it would explain the hope and redemption of Jesus Christ.


The fire in the desert night showed the Israelites the way.


The angels shone through the darkness to the shepherds in the field.

The star in the evening sky illuminated to the wise men where to find Jesus.


Today, we see the light breaks through the darkness to find a path toward the true hope. A hope God wants us to find.


And share with others.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:12‬

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭


“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:7

“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:8‬

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:4‬


This light reaches even the unreachable depths of the hardest of hearts. It is a light that penetrates and heals even the deepest wounds. It is a light that gives hope to you and I for the salvation for even the most hopeless of circumstances.


behold,

Jesus, the light, the Word, the Savior of the world!

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I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

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