Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 27, 2018
Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11 (ESV)
As we shift from our season of Advent waiting and preparation into the joyful celebration of Christmas, we continue to reflect upon the light of Christ that shines into the darkness of our lives and world. We look with wonder and awe to the manger in Bethlehem, praising God for the humble child born to reign in justice, peace, and truth. We look to Christ and see all of God’s promises fulfilled, and like Israel of old, our hope is renewed.
The Psalmist, centuries before the birth of Christ, spoke of a light that would dawn, a light that would be sown for the righteous and upright in heart. If we pause and think about it for a moment, it’s a curious metaphor, isn’t it? How can light be sown? Can you dig a hole in your garden, plant light, and see it grow? Though it may not be obvious at first, the answer is a resounding yes!
The incarnation of Jesus is the ultimate sowing of light into the soil of creation and our lives. Though small and vulnerable, like a precious seed, the fruit of Mary’s womb would grow to become a beacon of light that pierces through the deepest darkness, inviting all who have lost their way to draw near for safety and refuge. That same light still dawns for the righteous, bringing joy to all who draw near.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas season with Christians around the world, are you also able in your own life to celebrate the light that has been sown into your heart? While only God can offer this incredible gift of life, you and I are able to cultivate the ground and tend to the soil, seeking to do all we can to care for the seed that is planted. And as this light grows within us, we become women and men who are so filled with light that it overflows to others around us. This, of course, is the heart of true evangelism. We who have seen and received the light shine brightly and share that light with others.
The light we receive from Christ makes us able to share that same light for Christ. The light of Christ fills us but is always meant to shine through us as well. We tend to the light sown within our hearts, while at the same time joining God in sowing that light, as the Christmas hymn reminds us, “far as the curse is found.”
Father, thank you this Christmas for the light of Christ that came down. Would you continue to shine in our hearts and shine your light through us, for your glory and the good of others. Amen.
What does it look like for you to receive and share the light of Christ this Christmas season?
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