Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 21

Artwork by Allison Keenan

John 1:6‒8

A man named John was sent from God to testify concerning the light that shines in the darkness. John was not the light, but he came to testify that the true light that gives light to every person was coming into the world, Jesus.

During the Christmas Eve service at Highland, the sanctuary lights are dimmed and a candle is lit. From that candle, the flame is shared with everyone present. The darkened room glows with more and more light as each candle is lit. We are reminded that this candlelight represents the true light that came into this world 2,000 years ago. He came “that through him all people might believe.” As we share our candle flame with others, a little more of the darkness is extinguished. We are witnesses.

“The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin, The Light of the world is Jesus! 
Like sunshine at noonday His glory shone in; The Light of the world is Jesus! 
Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee; Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see: The light of the world is Jesus.” (P.P. Bliss)

Dear God, help me to be a witness for you in this dark world. Amen.

~ David Tucker