As I have probably stated a million times before, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The lights, the warmth, spending time with the people you love most, and peppermint! It really can’t get any better. The other reason I love Christmas is so much is the concepts of Jesus that are preached during this time of year. “Emmanuel” and “light of the world” are two names I call Jesus in my own personal prayer time. I also find myself more in the Word during this time of year. I honestly can’t help but think about what the Earth was like before Jesus set foot. How desperately people must have been waiting for their Savior. How desperately do we still wait for the light of our world to come back?

John 1:3-5 reads, “All things were created through Him, and apart from Him, not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.” Jesus is the light that the darkness cannot overcome. We yearn for this light constantly. Jesus is our hope and we just want to meet Him and know Him so desperately. I don’t know about you all, but I get really jealous and sometimes annoyed at those who were alive when Jesus was. The ones that doubted in Him when He stood in front of Him. I used to think, “if Jesus told me to walk on water with Him- I’d do it in a heartbeat! Why in the world would he doubt God?”

This is one advantage we have over those who were alive when Jesus was… we already know who He is and the promises he completes and the miracles He performs. Those who walked when Jesus walked had faith to see what appeared to be a regular man as the Son of God. While they saw the light in the flesh, we also get to feel Him with us every day. John 8:12 reads, “Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.'” Before we knew Jesus (and before they knew Jesus), we walked in the dark. We were stumbling, trying to find our way. But now we have the light of the world. Even if He isn’t physically here, He’s here with us- He has already returned in a way.

As much as we want to pray that Jesus was really here. That He was literally walking with us and telling us what we should do… we are luckier than those that physically had Him here. Jesus can never sleep on us. Jesus can never leave the room and leave us to be by ourselves. He is always here, just a prayer away. And when Jesus returns, we will still be lucky that after we were saved, we never lived a day without Him. John 1:9 reads, “The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world…” and so he remained. “Emmanuel,” God with us always.

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