Advent Devotional 12/24: A Light Has Dawned
Well, this is it. If you’ve been following along with this Advent Devotional, then we’ve been on quite a journey together. We’ve learned and prayed together through the entire 8 Step Plan to 200 in 2020. It’s been an amazing journey for me personally in writing these devotionals, because in thinking and praying through them, I feel like God has really crystallized his vision in my own heart. I have more faith than ever that everything we’ve prayed, God will fulfill and allow us to experience. This is not just our work, but God’s.
Now before us there is a great deal of work to do, but it is good work, and I am excited to partner with you in doing it. I hope you’re as excited as I am about 2020 at Kardia. I hope you’re already thinking of ways you’re going to take part in what God will do.
Isaiah prophesied about Galilee in the time of Jesus, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2, NIV).
Galilee was a backwater area, away from Jerusalem, away from the presence of God. They were in darkness because historically the region had been conquered by other nations. But into this darkness, into this region of defeat and corruption, the light dawned first.
This Christmas is very special, because it is a dawning. Jesus Christ, the Son, is rising in our hearts. And if he is rising in our hearts, then he is rising in our church. And if he is rising in our church, he is rising in our world. And when the Son rises, we will experience a rising with Him.
As you celebrate Christmas, be sure to really rejoice that Jesus Christ is coming and is even now here. Gather at the dinner table and have someone read Luke 2:1-20 NIV - The Birth of Jesus. Then sing “Angels We Have Heard on High.” or another song to celebrate Jesus.
Apart from the vision of our church or any other thing we can do, we can always celebrate what God has already done in Jesus Christ, and what he will do as Jesus’ return nears. May you and your loved ones have a very blessed Christmas this year.
Father of lights, we rejoice in your light and in the light of your Son. Fill our hearts with the joy of Christmas, with the joy of receiving Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for the gift of salvation. Thank you for the love of Jesus that rests in our hearts. We are so grateful that no matter what, you will never leave us nor forsake us. We are your children forever.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.