John 1 v 9, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”

The story of the Bible is the story of God bringing Hope and Life and Light and Love into the world. The Bible begins with these words “let there be LIGHT,” that light ushered life into the whole universe. At the beginning of this advent journey, as the nights get darker and the days grow shorter, let us reflect on this idea that the true light came into the world on that first Christmas.

Jesus light of the world,
Light the path for us on dark days,
Illuminate our imagination with your wondrous ways,
We believe that you are truth and light and life.

Darkness, fear, anxiety; these are real issues that we face in our world. Beyond the nostalgia and warm fuzzy feelings of Christmas, we all recognise the problems we face as a society. The human problem that the Christmas story addresses is that of darkness; in the Christmas story and in the story of Scripture we see evil empires, the lust for power, the ugliness of greed and dehumanising reality when people live without hope.

In the Old Testament we see hints, echoes and promises of a change to the way things work; the promise of a baby who will change the course of history.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Immanuel means God with us).’’ Isaiah 7 v 14

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9 v 6

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5 v 2

We believe that in Jesus, the true light, all of these promises are fulfilled. You can know this true light as you hold onto Hope this Advent.

This week join us in praying for:

  • our student outreach this week to bless the students coming to Burnley to study at UCLAN
  • all of those who were baptised this Sunday at Life Church
  • all those across the world who live under the threat of war, oppression or persecution

Advent challenge John 1 v 5, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” This week how can you shine your light into dark places?