“There was a man sent from God… He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.”
For people who love the Christmas season, the day after Christmas can be a downer. We have waited so long for Christmas to arrive. We have made so many preparations and worked so hard for just one day on the calendar. Now it is over. Was it worth all the work? Was it worth the wait?
John says yes, the wait was worth it. What we waited for was not the presents, the candies, or even the family gathering. What we have really been waiting for so eagerly was far greater than all these great earthly gifts. We have been waiting for the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
The Apostle John wrote that John the Baptist “came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). John’s whole purpose was to point people to Jesus, the light of the world, so Jesus could rescue them from darkness.
Now that we have experienced the joy of Christmas, don’t get discouraged that it’s over. The secular holiday may be done, but the Christian holy-days are just beginning. Jesus is born! The light has come into the world! We never have to live in darkness again.
And now we have been given the privilege of carrying on John’s ministry – to point people to Jesus. We get to share the good news that in Jesus people can live in Christmas joy every single day of the year – not just one day out of 365.
The Christmas trappings may not have been worth the wait, but the Christ child certainly is! May God bless and keep you this Christmas season as you continue to walk as a child of the light!
Light of the world, shine in our darkness. Help us point people to your light.
Contributed by Rev. Jarod Koenig