12/1/13

Joy of Christmas: Day One

Christmas is so much more than presents, trees, lights, and childhood.

We would all agree that Christmas is about Christ.  Yet, we only focus our study on a small part of who Christ is during this Christmas season.  We only talk about mangers, starts, angels, and a baby.  He is so much more than that!  We sing about and talk about the joy that comes with the Christmas story.  But why is it so joyful that Christ was born?

Inspired by the Jesse Tree Advent book**, I am going to do a 25-Day series focusing on

finding joy in Christ!



Joy of Christmas: Day One

The Light of Creation

The beautiful thing about John 1 is that it describes Creation from another perspective. It sheds light onto the mystery of the Trinity and reveals that JESUS was at the beginning with the Father.
 
John 1:1-4 "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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

Jesus was that Word.  He was the very mouth-piece of God speaking the world into being.  Jesus was the breath that sang over the stars as they formed.  Jesus was the voice in the dark that spoke the birds into the air and the fish into the sea.  Jesus was the Word that gave life to man and woman. Jesus was the light that broke through the darkness.   Thousands of years after Creation, we still live in darkness.  Jesus came to be that Light for us.  We are no longer in physical darkness, as the world was before Creation.  But we are in Spiritual darkness.  We cannot see clearly the things of God until Jesus, our Saviour sheds light on our hearts.

True Joy is found in the light.  No one loves darkness.  Happiness and peace are found in the True Light of the World. Joy is found in Christ.


**Note: A simple google search will give you several options concerning the devotions and ornaments associated with the Jesse Tree.  This is a site that I like: HERE