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TBONE61
Dec 12th 2008, 02:04 PM
John 1:1-13 (New King James Version)

1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2] He was in the beginning with God. 3] All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4] In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5] And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7] This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8] He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9] That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10] He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11] He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12] But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13] who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 3:18-21 (New King James Version)

18] “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19] And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20] For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21] But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

The Nature Of Christmas (Light Into Darkness)

Immediately after Thanksgiving the Christmas lights appear. Usually darkened porches, stairways, window frames, and lawns burst forth with light, dispelling the darkness and revealing glorious beauty. John describes Jesus entrance into this world as the true Light entering a darkened world. Let's never forget that Christ came to deliver people from sin's darkness and to welcome them into the light of Christ. John the Baptist knew that his mission was to be a witness to that true Light and he faithfully carried out that mission, pointing to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God who would take away sin. Do you realize that each of us have the same mission? Let's let the nature of our Christmas this year include the pointing of others to the Savior.

FOR TODAY: Ask God to help you lead someone from darkness to the true Light this Christmas season.

Connie Sue
Dec 12th 2008, 02:26 PM
:agree: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2Corinthians 4:3-6