12/11/2019 Reflections at Christmas 8

John 1:10-11, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”

He bore witness of Himself – a true witness, yet none received Him. He came to reveal the Father, but man “loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” We embraced our way rather than His, choosing to remain blind rather than obtain our sight; delighting in sin over holiness.

In His love, the Word that upheld the world condescended to enter it, only to be rejected by those who did not believe and those who claimed the promise but failed to recognize Him when He arrived. Though He was the Light of All and we acknowledged His light in our midst, we denied The Word’s power to change us – nor did we desire it. We wanted our own way and do so still.

What love then the Father has bestowed on us in giving us His Son! What unfailing love that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!

12/9/2019 Reflections at Christmas 7

John 1:9, “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

True in every sense of the word. Never false.  Christ’s nature in every point corresponding to His claims. There is nothing defective in His character or person. He is perfectly true; indeed, the Truth. And, in truth, He illuminates all around us, showing us that He is the Way.

He has shown the way to every man, imprinting His image, His law, His life throughout creation, and He has written eternity in our hearts. We are without excuse.  He has made Himself known and cannot be faithless to Himself.

And it is into Himself – the Way, the Truth, and the Light – that He has invited us all. He is no respecter of persons. We are not obligated to accept; however, He has promised that one day we will be confronted with the Truth. Not yours, not mine, but the Truth, pure and unadulterated, in which no darkness can exist. And it is this Truth that shines as an eternal beacon of hope, whispering, “Come home,” to all, beckoning us to follow Him through the shadows of death and into to the reality of His holy light.

12/9/2019 Reflections at Christmas 6

John 1:6-8, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”

A witness to the Light, who heralded the Light’s entrance into a dark world. An example for us, that we, too, announce the Light, becoming carriers of His glory, to a world in need of Him.

This testimony threatens the darkness. The more we witness of the Light, decreasing that He may increase, the more our world is illuminated with the Truth that sets people free. We are a living, breathing, moving proclamation of the Light’s redeeming, transformative power.

And the Light has commissioned us to be His witnesses. He desires that not any should perish, but all come to repentance. He came that we might have life and that more abundantly. This is what we testify to: that the Word is Truth! We bear witness that He is Light, and in Him is no darkness. In Him, Jesus Christ, we believe. By His blood, we are free, and as we testify to it, we overcome!

12/6/2019 Reflections at Christmas 5

John 1:5, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

An explosion of light! Not just a twinkle, but THE Light from which emanates all that illuminates. He invades our darkness, and though it tries, darkness cannot seize and overtake Him. No! The Light has entered our world and shines brightly, declaring freedom to the captives, binding up the broken-hearted, and proclaiming God has come to us. He is Emmanuel!

He is the Word; He is Light; He is God, and He is with us! He came that darkness could no longer lay hold of us, but that by living in the Light, we could overcome the dark. The Eternal Light chose to step into time so that all who draw near could experience the fullness of His intent for us, reflecting His glory to others.

The Light came to dispel the darkness, and darkness didn’t have a fighting chance! Joy to the world, the LORD has come!

12/5/2019 Reflections at Christmas 4

John 1:4, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

Death and darkness. The two seem to go hand-in-hand, and accompanying them is fear. It always seems colder in the dark, where not even shadows exist, and determining direction has become a guessing game – left is right, and right is left. Good has become evil, and evil has become good. You long for signs of life and warmth and light.

And then in the distance, a Light appears. As a mere speck on a canvas of black at first, hope ignites your heart. Perhaps somewhere life does exist on this planet. As you begin to focus on the light, you see that it is not only a word but the Word. A living, breathing Word that awakens you and your eyes are opened to the reality of Him in His fulness. You can see! No longer do death and destruction reign. They have been dethroned by life and growth. The Light has given you sight in living-color where fear and shadows flee at His brightness.

Not only can you see, but you are also enveloped in warmth. You are safely ensconced within Him, living in the Word. The cold, frigid places of your being are thawing, and you are tingling with new life. You now know the definition of life – it is Him. This is the place you belong: abiding in the Word.

12/4/2019 Reflections at Christmas 3

John 1:3, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

The Word has creative choice. He is not subject to time, matter, or space. He exists outside of them. He is the creative energy that formed the universe and the laws that govern it. He also made you. You are not here by accident, regardless of what you’ve been told. You are uniquely designed, infinitely precious.

And as wonderful as it is that He spoke you into existence, He then breathed His life into you. We, like Him, are spirit beings created for eternity, and it is the eternal in each of us that cries out for our Abba, Father. You may not know it, or you may deny it, but your longing is for your Heavenly Father – a restoration to your origin, a going back to the beginning, a fresh start.

How incredible then that the Word who formed you, is able, by His Word, to do just that. The inspired Word can transform you, no matter where you find yourself, no matter how far you have strayed from home. All you have to do is call out to Him, spirit to Spirit. He is not a God far off. He is near; He is the Word; He is home. And He welcomes you.

12/2/2019 Reflections at Christmas 2

John 1:2, “He was in the beginning with God.”

The intangible Word of God now takes shape before us. The Word is a personality, present and in perfect unity with the Father from eternity past to eternity future. The Lord our God is One, indivisible. The Word that decrees a thing and it is done; the Word that upholds the world; the Word by which all words are judged was present before time and ever lives to make intercession for us.

Right now, the Word is interceding for you. The Word that formed you and knew you before you were born is presenting all of Himself, in all of His creative power, before God on your behalf. As the Word, He is not praying without knowledge. No, He was there at the very beginning. He knows the threads of time that bind you to all that came before, and He is praying with an intimate knowledge of you. You are more than a passing whisper on His lips.

It is a Word that not only speaks existence but abundance. It is a Word of success, not failure; of acceptance, not rejection; a Word that gives a future and a hope. The Word has formed a prayer that encompasses your life and is drawing you to its eternal origin. He is drawing you back to the Father whose love released the Word so that you would not perish but have everlasting life.

12/2/2019 Reflections at Christmas I

John 1:1a, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

We’ve all been there before – yearning for a word that changes and transforms, that encourages and brings hope to our relationships, our circumstances, ourselves. It can’t be just any word. We want it to be specific, intentional, and well-thought-out. A word that, like music, causes us to ascend to a peaceful, holy place, where our spirits are at rest, and all is well with our soul. How beautiful, then, that we worship such an awe-inspiring God.

Before you and I ever were, the Word was – existent and held in the arms of God. The Word that both creates and communicates; the Word that profoundly transforms us and fills the void of our hearts and the longing of our souls. That Word, which gives definition and meaning to our lives, was present long before we ever needed to draw upon it. And that intangible Word was already working on our behalf: available, waiting, and willing. Before our minds were able to form the question, the Word provided our answer. The Word was God, gloriously manifested.

This Word that stands in the heavenlies and cannot be shaken. It is an eternal Word that speaks life over us, bringing stability and peace amid the turmoil. It is not a harsh Word, but one of Good News of great joy for everyone. It is timeless, unchanging, and inerrant. Yes, in the beginning was the Word, and this same Word is present today, speaking to you. Are you listening?