The Light of Christ dispells the darkness in our hearts

“For God who said, ‘let light shine out of darkness’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

It is in partaking in the life of Christ, offered to each one of us, that we will have revealed to us new knowledge-  the knowledge of God’s glory.  This knowledge is light and it is truth and, when taken in, will replace our darkness, deception, and emptiness. God’s glory is worth knowing about because His glory is His essence- the substance of Who He is.  If we want light, if we want truth, if we want love, if we want joy, peace, hope, goodness,  healing, life eternal, purification, we can know that an invitation has been given to not only partake of these, but to be conduits of the same-  houses of the holy.  We have been formally
invited to dive headfirst into an inexhaustible reservoir of all the provision necessary to be born into brand new life and to grow in the protective womb of the sovereignty, goodness and love of our Father, the One and Only blessed Ruler, Creator of all things, through Whom and in Whom and to Whom ALL THINGS LIVE MOVE AND HAVE THEIR BEING.  We need not fear our own limitations, failures, and darkness. A Way has been made for dispelling it from one encounter with His glory to another.  “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15) The fear of death was nailed to a cross on the One who came in the humblest estate as an infant, completely baby, completely God.  He comes in a humility unlike any human meekness we’ve ever seen; “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8)

“Jesus makes the connection between his Christmas lowliness and the good news for us: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30; Good News of Great Joy Daily Readings for Advent)

There is no barrier to keep you or me from this God. If you think of one, look to Jesus. Really look to Him. “With ALL our hearts…”

You will find that wall, too, that divided us in hostility, has been destroyed. “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far way have been brought near through the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.  His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making PEACE, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far way and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:13-18)

This is Christmas. Glorious Christmas!! His glory is our very life.  Open our eyes, Lord. We look to Jesus. He reigns forever and ever. His glory covers the earth.  Indeed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” (Helen H. Lemmel, 1922; based on Hebrews 12:2)

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