Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:44-46
Have you ever watched those Discovery Channel shows where scientists stand on the rim of a volcano and prepare robots to go where no man can go. Into a deep dark hole, unstable and bottomless. Or maybe those divers that plunge deep into the darkness of oceans, oceans that go so deep that only robotic cameras can glimpse at what lies below. Both of these places are so dark and foreboding that the thought of venturing into these place on purpose would not be at the top of my “bucket list”. Now imagine a light so bright that all of the darkness would be gone, a light so bright that nothing could hide from it or escape it’s radiance. That’s what this passage in John reminds me of. When I think of the darkness that Jesus came into so that all mankind could receive the gift of eternal life with God; and to be a light for others in this dark world…how could I do anything else but fall to my knees and worship.
Father God thank you for the hope you give us and the grace you extend to us through your son Christ Jesus, the light of the world. I pray that as we celebrate the birth of Jesus this season, that many will chose to walk out of the darkness and let your grace fill them with the His light. Amen