Advent Devotional: Do Not Take the Light Lightly

Scripture: John 1:1-18

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (John 1:5).

Christmas time is a time of lights and decorations and celebration of the little baby Jesus, but we are often guilty of watering down the full implication of His birth. It is surely a great reason to celebrate and be joyful, but we must never forget that Jesus is the Word who became flesh. He is the Word about whom the Psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). He is God, entering the darkness as a light that the world does not understand.

Light is everywhere during the Christmas season. The star above the manger, the brilliant angels, the lights we hang on the tree, and the lit candles should all remind us of the true Light which has come. Just as someone born blind would have no concept of light if he could suddenly see, unless we remember why He came and what He did, we celebrate without understanding the Light. We must be careful to still recognize Him, the Powerful Word and Light amidst the celebration.

Andrew Wittenberg, the son of Chris and Annette Wittenberg, has grown up in WFMC. He is a sophomore student at Asbury University where he plans a double major in music and accounting.