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Blog - Shining in the Darkness. Advent Guide Week 1

Shining in the Darkness. Advent Guide Week 1

Posted by Brandon Rodgers on


John 1:5 says, 

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."


Jesus was born into the world to be the light that cast out the darkness. We need the light in the darkness to guide us. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, shines into the darkness like a sunrise breaks into the dawn. The word “shines” in the original language means “to shine continually with no end in sight.” Jesus will continue to outshine the darkness and the darkness will not win.

Application to Advent:

This Advent season, there is potential for a dark time, but this passage reminds us that Jesus has always been the light. Since sin entered into the world, God has been pushing back the darkness. The author of the Gospel is writing after the resurrection of Jesus. He knows that Jesus lives! Because of the resurrection, we can trust that Jesus will continue to push back the darkness until He comes again. The birth of Jesus assures us that God cares for his people.


God, thank You so much for shining in the darkness by sending Your Son. Thank You for Jesus Who created all things and shines in the darkness. Thank You for coming down from heaven to show us and provide for us a way out of darkness. We are grateful that the resurrection assures that eternal life in heaven and abundant life here on earth. Amen.


Take time to talk about Christmas lights as you put up a tree and decorate for Christmas. Take the time to visit a light display or ride around neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. Turn everyday conversations about Christmas lights to point to Jesus as the true light of the season.


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