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Christmas Eve: The Light of Men

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

John 1:1-4 KJV

“O Come, o come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel…”

For Israel, there was no light. They were exiled from their beloved home, without the foreseen hope of returning to the land they dearly loved. Their hope was in the coming of the messiah; Emmanuel, God with us. This hope would come to mankind in the form of a newborn child, who would bring life and light to the world.

Today on the eve of Christmas, let us reflect on the hope that the birth of Jesus brings to us. In his living, he was the model of holiness to all he encountered. The perfect example of how to love God and mankind.

In his death, he paid the ultimate price for the sins of mankind. This act of sacrificial love ensured that we who choose will be forgiven of our sins without the blood offering that sin requires. He was the perfect Lamb of God.

As if he had not done enough, he rose from the grave, giving us power and authority. Because of his resurrection, we are free from the sting of death. Because of his resurrection, we have everlasting life with God. Life with no end came through this one man.

Yet it all begins with the birth of a child. Helpless and vulnerable, containing the life and light that mankind would need to survive. We are blessed beyond measure because a child was born and grew to be the greatest example of goodness to the world.

Regardless of what you may find under the tree, let us pray and give thanks to God for the best gift of all- His son, Jesus who encompasses life and is the light of men. Hallelujah!

“Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel!”

Minister Tracey Bowen Bell
Miami, FL
www.twitter.com/HopeCoach_TBB

BELOVED: 

Remember¬†to hug today. It may mean the world to someone else….and to you!

If the one or ones you want to hug are not present today reach out to be a blessing to others for whom Christmas can be a lonely moment. There is someone you know or don’t know in church, in the neighborhood, nursing home, hospital, homeless shelter or other facility. Go out to worship today. Get out or invite others in. Good day to make that call instead of waiting for them to call you.

Be careful of that grinch called depression. Do not invite him to your celebration!

BISHOP VASHTI MURPHY MCKENZIE (VMM)



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