Everything was created through [Jesus];
nothing-- not one thing!--
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by,
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn't put it out.
The season of Advent reminds us of and prepares us for Jesus' comings: He came as a child in a manger, he comes into the lives of believers, and one day, he will come back. We celebrate Christmas, his first coming, soon after the shortest day of the year. To me, this reflects the battle between light and darkness. As the days get shorter and shorter it seems like darkness just might win the battle. But then light makes a comeback and we are reassured that darkness will always skitter away when the light shines. Celebrating Jesus' birth right after the shortest day of the year helps us to understand that the dark forces again have been defeated and that they can never overtake, overcome, or take the light from us.
Jesus came to show us the power of light through his life, death and resurrection. He proved that the darkness is confused when evil is not returned for evil, when anger is responded to with a soft word, when an act of war is met by an act of peace, when hate is overwhelmed by love, and when the threat of violence is extinguished with an offer of peace. That's the wisdom of God that Jesus, the Light, came to reveal to this world. That wisdom shines in our minds to give us hope for life beyond the darkness of this world.
The season of Advent reminds us that when we follow Jesus, we follow a wonderful counselor, a mighty God, an everlasting father, a prince of peace, who will rule with justice and rightesouness in this world. He is the Light that confuses the darkness. That light nourishes our souls, calls us out of darkness to a brighter way of life, and keeps us from becoming enslaved to the materiality of this world. We become Children of Light; imitators of the Light of the World. That Light causes us to seek better values, to take the higher ground, to walk the narrow path, to stand up for truth, to live up to our promises, to help each other out, to do for others as we want them to do for us. Like Jesus, we learn to confuse the darkness and skitter it away in our paths. As followers of Christ, Children of Light will burn with a desire to be the brightest stars that we can be for Jesus.