Light and Dark

rootedchristOver the next few weeks in our Rooted in Christ Study, we’ll be looking at some of the favorite passages from our staff at St. Matthew’s UMC. These are some of the parts of the Bible to mean to most to our staff.

Today’s reading is John 1: 1-14

This is my favorite Christmas story.  John’s Gospel always goes “big” and tries to answer those big theological questions.  So when John talks about Christmas, he doesn’t talk about angels or Mary or shepherds.  He talks about light and darkness, he talks about the incarnation and how the Word, the LOGOS, the very essence of God became flesh and dwelt among us as humans.

But here’s my favorite part of this passage, the notion of light.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.  It always seems dark, like things aren’t and can’t get any better. But that’s not the case.  Darkness, no matter how dark it may look, can’t overcome the light.  Light always wins.  Light always overcomes darkness. Always.

And Jesus Christ is the light of the world. The darkness cannot and will not overcome Him.  No matter how dark it may look, no matter how you may want to give up, don’t.  Darkness cannot and will not will against good.  Jesus will always overcome.  Always overcome.  Never doubt that light will win.

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