finding the light of christmas: revealing light
Merry Christmas! On this first day of December we hope you are experiencing the joy and love of this season. This is the goal of our series Finding the Light of Christmas. We want you to experience the strength and power of this season, not just the stress and problems! Yet, it is hard because we struggle with the reality of human darkness. Our broken humanity can take the best things the world has to offer and transform them into addiction, despair, and failure. As we experience the darkness of the human condition we are drained of our hope, joy, peace, and even our love. But God has never been content for us to be in the dark! Advent is about the coming of the light that is able to overcome the darkness in us and around us. It points us to the reality that God has come to us to dwell in the hardship and difficulty of humanity and to bring us the light of hope. In our sermon, Revealing Light, we turn to Luke 1:26-38. Gabriel, the angel, visits Mary to tell her that the hope of all the world is to be born through her. This is an amazing moment for her and for all of us. There is no doubt that Mary was a very special person. Yet, at the same time Mary’s conversation and commitment reveal to us the power of this light for all of us. It is a light that reveals the best we have to offer, but also reveals God’s power in the process! Our prayer for you is that you will find this transforming light as Mary did and you will find the darkness giving way to the beauty and hope of God’s saving grace as you read Luke 1:26-38.
Luke 1:26-38: 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.