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Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the start of Christmas for Christians.  What should I write about for such a happy day?  I could go to Isaiah 40, probably my favorite chapter in the Bible.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people says the Lord your God

Or maybe Isaiah 53

Who has believed out message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot

And like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him

Nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

 

Or Malachi 4

The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings

And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Or Luke 2

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,

Keeping watch over their flocks by night.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them,

And the glory of the Lord shone around them

All of these are wonderful passages about the unexpected appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, God among us.  Today, though, I’m drawn to the first chapter of John.

In the beginning was the word …… through him all things were made …….. In him was life and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Today we celebrate the coming of light into the world.  Who can doubt that without Christ there is only darkness?  Look around you today.  Has government brought light into your life?  No, their aim is to mislead.  Have the church institutions?  Their laws and rules bring bondage and failure.  We look to our families for love and fulfillment, yet often find unhappiness and disappointment.  There is only one who is always faithful, always reliable, always satisfying.  He is our savior, Jesus Christ.

He is also the one who tells us that we can do all things, that we can achieve more than we know, that we can be better than we thought.  Without him, the world is complex, difficult and obscure.  In him, we are filled with light.