Light in the Darkness

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Light in the Darkness
In the cool of the evening, on a dark night, resting shepherds were visited by a host of angels. Light shone in the darkness as the message was delivered to them. A few years later, the light of a star guided three magi from the East to a small town to pay homage to the newborn King. A light in the darkness shone the way. And on this day, thousands of years after His actual birth, the light of Christ still shines forth into the lives of those lost in the darkness of sin.
The light of Christ breaks forth from God’s Word, because Christ is that Word! Christ illuminates the souls of those who take Him into their mouths at His altar of Holy Communion. Waves of radiant joy wash over every soul as the water and the Word is given in Holy Baptism. Darkness is scattered as Holy Absolution beams down upon the forgiven sinner. And it is all because of what God chose to do. He chose to humble Himself to the point of becoming flesh. His divine attributes dimmed for but awhile, so that He might be as us in every way, except without sin. And in the darkest moment in human history, our Lord would die upon a cross, only to make way for the brightness of Easter morn. This night a baby lay swaddled in a manger, gently sleeping, so that one day He could “fold us to His breast, There within His arms to rest”.
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