John 1:4-5 – In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Gospel of John does not give us the details of the Christmas story, but sums up in these two verses what the Christmas story is about. The earth was filled with death and darkness. There was no real hope, except in the “promises of God” of the One to be born who would free humanity from the chains of death and darkness.

The time had come! “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). God promised that the deliverer would come as the “seed of the women” (Genesis 3:15). The entire Law of God given through Moses, pointed toward the coming deliverer. The Law could not save us because of the weakness of human flesh, “What the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-5).

God the Father has summed up everything in His Son Jesus, the Christ. Today, we are free to receive all the Father has promised and prepared for those who are willing to abandon their own life for new life in Jesus. Presently, it is spiritual. By faith, we choose Christ and His life over our natural life and its resulting death. By faith, we receive His Holy Spirit, who gives us the Life of Christ through the “new birth.” We are empowered to live a life free from sin and share with others God’s Good News of life and light. God will use each believer, who allows Him, to lead others into a relationship with the living God through faith in Christ the Lord.

We look forward to the next great advent of our Lord, which is His Second Coming. No man knows the day nor the hour of the Lord’s return, but we are to live entirely for Him, waiting in expectation of that glorious day.

Most were not prepared for His first advent. Multitudes missed out on the great benefits of His first coming. Since that time, many have believed and have prepared themselves for His return. Those who died in Christ did not see their hope fulfilled in this life. They are now with Him in heaven and will return with Him as a great company of faithful ones to receive those who remain on earth. Together we will ever be with the Lord. The Apostle John puts it this way, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).

Merry Christmas in the worship of the Newborn King!