Daily Devotional

December 8th 2022

THURSDAY

What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.—John 1:4, 5 (MSG)

In this word, we learn things about the Light that is Christ.
First, Christ-light reveals. The Light that is Christ chases the darkness away. “What is this darkness?” Actually, it’s different for different people. For those who are outside of Christ—who have never accepted Him as their Lord and Savior, this darkness is Sin! And the darkness of Sin will destroy us; it will work on our weaknesses and distort our reality.
But it’s also true that we can be in Christ and still dwell in darkness. For us, this darkness is our choice to turn the light of Christ off in our living. It’s our choice to walk gallantly through life in our own strength with a complete disregard to the light of Christ that is available to us; it is to reject the righteousness that comes from Christ.
If we are in darkness—regardless of how we got to be in darkness—then we need Light to chase the darkness away. And the Light of Christ chases the darkness away because it reveals to us that Christ is our means of escape.
Christ-light glorifies. Glory refers to God’s perfection. The Light of Jesus justifies us—that is, it covers our imperfections. The Light of Jesus sanctifies us; it sets us apart to make us useful instruments in His hand. His glory forgives us; His glory redeems us; His glory gives us another chance.
Christ-light prevails. John says of Jesus, “The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” In the Greek, the passage literally says, “the darkness is not stronger than the Light.” That tells us that Light prevails over darkness; Light erases darkness. Light has drawing power that darkness doesn’t have.
No one wants to be in the dark. If we’re in darkness, when Light shines, we’re going to be drawn to the light.

Prayer: Lord, as we go today, help us to walk in the Light that is Jesus. In Him we live and move and have our being. Thank You for the gift that is our Salvation and keep us mindful of the fact that, through Him, You are revealed to us, You are glorified and we prevail. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN!

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