It’s no secret that the world we live in is a dark place.

Terrorism.

Anger.

Hatred.

Brokenness.

Pain.

In Psalm 139, the Psalmist reflects:

“I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
Let the light around me turn into night.”
12 But even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as light as the day;
darkness and light are the same to you.  (11-12)

When Jesus was born, He was the fulfillment of the promise that God gave through the prophet Isaiah:

“Before those people lived in darkness,
but now they have seen a great light.
They lived in a dark land,
but a light has shined on them.”  (Isa 9:2)

In this world of brokenness and sorrow, there is Hope for a brighter future; a future no longer shrouded in darkness, but flooded in glorious light.

“Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.” (Matt 4:16)

As we begin this season of advent, we celebrate the Newborn King, whose birth ushered in the Hope of eternity.

So let us give “all praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)