Sunday, December 8: The darkness has not overcome it

Advent is a time set aside for anticipating the coming of Christ, both at the first Christmas and again in the present and future. This season's passages reflect this anticipation from the perspective of the Old Testament, and its fulfillment and future anticipation from the New Testament. We'll look at why Jesus came: to show us who God is and what he's like.

Read John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Reflect

Traditionally, on each of the four Sundays of Advent, a candle is lit on the Advent wreath – symbolizing hope, faith, joy, and peace while also representing light in times of darkness. This passage helps strengthen the amazing reminder that because of God, darkness will never overcome the light.

Respond

If you need a visual of how even the smallest of lights can provide hope through darkness, go into a dark room and simply light a candle. Watch how that small light chases away more darkness than you might imagine, and remind yourself that God will always be your light and with him, that light will never be extinguished.

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