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 came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
(John 1:1-5, 9-14)
Finally, we light the Christ candle. The true light that gives light to the whole world has come into the world. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
This passage is so beautiful and so true. Jesus is the light of the world. The world does reject him, does not know him, or recognize him, or receive him, yet the darkness does not, has not, will not overcome. Oh, the beauty of God become flesh to dwell among us so that we can see his glory.
Blessed Christmas to all my friends and family. I pray that the light shines on you and in you and that you recognize and receive it. Dwell with the Word who dwells among us and receive power to become children of God. See his glory--see him, full of grace and truth. That is my hope and prayer for all whom I love.