Did you know that starting December 21st it’s the darkest time of the year in North America? There is the least amount of light for over 2 weeks. January 8th is when you start getting more minutes of light each day.
God showed me something profound in this. About Jesus. About the light in the darkness.
Side note: I know that December 25th is not Jesus’s literal birthday and that He was likely born sometime in the spring. But since we celebrate His birth at this time, this revelation still applies.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:2
Jesus is the light. He came at a time when humanity was at its darkest. He came at a time when people needed the light the most. Just like Christmas is celebrated in the darkest time of the year. Jesus brings light to the darkness when the darkness is the greatest.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.Psalm 119:105
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been 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.John 1:1-5
Friends we are living in dark times. Women are applauded for killing their unborn infants and men and women are confused about who they are and pornography and trafficking run rampant. Then there is hatred between races and people groups, murders, rape, and evil in the hearts of men. These are dark times indeed.
The Bible warns that as we draw nearer to the end times the evil would increase. That people would call good evil and evil good. And we see all that today. My heart is grieved, but there is hope.
Jesus came when the darkness was the greatest and the world needed Him the most. He came as a babe in swaddling clothes. All human and yet all God. He came to bring light to darkness, so the darkness would flee.
Friends, there is hope. Jesus came as a light to my life when I was in some dark places. I had lost a baby to miscarriage, I was heartbroken from an ended relationship, I was reckless, I drank too much, I was partying, and I had no hope. I left the state to move somewhere else so I wouldn’t be reminded of all the broken dreams.
And that’s where God found me. In the darkness, in the desert. Literally.
I encountered the Savior of the World on a starry night in the desert of Colorado. And my life has never been the same.
He shined a light into the dark places, healed the hurt and anguish I was self-medicating, and redeemed my life.
Friends, I don’t know what dark places you’re in today. I don’t know what pain or shame or anguish you feel. I don’t know the lies that are repeated day after day in your mind because someone spoke them over you.
But I know, that Jesus came in the darkest time to be the brightest light. And I know He’s out there waiting for you to let Him in. Will you let Him? Why hide the pain if Jesus can heal it? Why hide the past if Jesus can redeem it? No matter what happened to you or what you did, there is nothing that Jesus will not redeem.
If you haven’t made Jesus the Lord of your life maybe now is the time. Just tell Him you can’t do it alone and you need His help. Ask Him to come in and heal the hurt, heal the wounds, and save you from whatever destructive behavior you seek out. He’s there. He’s the light. He came to bring light to the darkness and my prayer is that this Christmas would be the brightest one yet because of Jesus.