Jesus Comes for Reconciliation
“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 was not anything made that was made. 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 1:1-5
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming to the world.” John 1:9
When we think of the Christmas season, we think of bright lights strung on a tree with beautifully wrapped gifts underneath. The Christmas season can sometimes launch us into thoughts of Hallmark movies, warm cookies, and hot chocolate. But even in spite of these good things, the heart of humanity subtly groans with longing. If we miss the truth of what advent really is, we can be left on Christmas morning with full bellies and empty hearts.
In contrast to the modernized version of Christmas, the Christian season of Advent confronts us with the reality of darkness. It is a season where we grapple with the reality of our sin and the darkness in the world that surrounds us. The Gospel of John opens by painting a picture of light bursting forth into darkness, God entering His own creation. During the season of Advent we’re supposed to wrestle with the fact that Jesus comes and calls us to turn from our sin and receive new life in Him. In the book of Romans Paul writes, “For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11b-13).
The good news of Advent is that we can experience the joy of Christmas morning because Jesus is God, who has come down to save sinners and give them new life. Advent allows us lament over the fact that, because of sin, we are separated from God, but with the gift of Grace that Jesus offers on the cross we are reconciled to Him. Advent helps us to see and receive the bursting of light that is Jesus, our Savior, in the midst of darkness. As we prepare for Christmas day, let us draw near to God and allow Him to search our hearts. May we ruminate over our own brokenness and ponder the wonders of our God who offers us reconciliation through Jesus Christ.
Lord, we know that we are broken and in need of grace. May we take time this season to reflect on what you have done for us and all that you continue to work on in our hearts. Father we ask that you forgive us by the blood of your son Jesus and create a new heart in us. Jesus help us to be a source of your light in the present darkness as we await your return.