Jesus Came to Take Away the Darkness
Thursday, January 12
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46)
Light accompanied Jesus at His birth, and it has been with Him and with us ever since. John 12:46 tells us, “I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
The Bible tells us that at His birth there was a great light shining in the night sky. When Jesus was presented in Jerusalem shortly after His birth, the aged Simeon recognized the child as, “A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:32)
The Bible also tells us that the light of God that appeared over the manger where Christ was born was the light the shepherds were following when they found Jesus, the Savior of the world, lying in a manger. Later the wise men followed the same light (star).
Decorating our Christmas trees with light and ornaments brings memories of Christmas past. Placing the lighted star at the top of the tree calls us to the One whose birth and life we celebrate.
A familiar hymn for this time of year is, “Star of the East, Oh Bethlehem Star” and as Christians we pray daily that the same light that guided the shepherds and the wise men will guide us as well.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Jesus, guide us with Your light and help us believe You are the Christ, the Light of the world. We pray in Jesus name – Amen.
Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”