Advent Devotional: Christmas Day
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
– John 1:1-5
Did you feel it last night? Last night we celebrated the wonder and awe of the nativity scene. The stars were overhead. The angels were singing in the rafters. Mary and Joseph were weeping with joy over the baby. The animals standing close in silence providing heat for the family and the baby. Christ was born!
But sometime – it may have been during the night, it may be later today, it may be next week – but sometime the hole in the heavens will close up. The only music heard will be the cackling of the chicken after being stepped on by the cow. And then the baby will start crying, and the animals will become frightened, and Joseph will not know what to do, which means he will do nothing and Mary will scream, “if I had just married a good boy from Nazareth, then my baby and I would be back home!”
This is where John’s words become so very powerful, because whatever is going on for us, the light of Christ is still present. The nativity scene may burst into one of chaos, but the light of Christ is still there. The circumstances of life may change but God’s love, God’s presence, does not change. The light will shine in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it.
In other words, long after we have opened the presents and put away the tree, and moved on to other stories, we still have the light of Christ. When things get crazy at home or go crazy in the world, we still have the light of Christ. The light that will not be overcome by any kind of darkness this world has to offer. No circumstance can extinguish the light.
That is the reason we rejoice and celebrate on this day. That is the reason we tell it on the mountain and sing joy to the world. This is what makes Christmas Eve everyday real.
Merry Christmas, everyone! For the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Brent Barry