What is it about Christmas that so many people love? It could be any combination of the lights, colors, gifts, or music. For Christians, it should be first and foremost about our celebration of Christ’s birth. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the other stuff too! For me, I absolutely love the lights. Going to Lake Shawnee to see Winter Wonderland with my family has always been one of my favorite events of the Christmas Season each year. I love seeing all the colors, and how creative people are able to get with them. It’s also nice to know that, as the days get darker, there will be houses that put out extra light.
Thinking about this brought to mind the first chapter of the Gospel according to John. Whereas the other Gospels begin with Jesus’ humanity (a birth record, or the start of His ministry), John chooses to begin by addressing the eternality of Jesus as God, being one with the Father. But after describing this in verses 1-3, John adds this: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5, ESV)
It’s no secret that things are very dark in our world right now. Not just physically (I’m lucky to have 15 minutes of light left when I get home from work), but spiritually. People are scared, people are angry, and people are letting the things that divide overwhelm the things that unite. It’s really too easy for me to want to throw my hands up some days and ask “why do I even bother?” But then, I see the Christmas lights, and every time I do, I’m reminded that the Light that John knew so well is still shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not, will not, and cannot overcome it!