The Light Shines in the Darkness

Passage:John 1:1-18

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Every year at Christmas we read from the prologue to the Gospel of John and find written there, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (v.5). For those who were here during Advent we looked at the darkness of Advent, a season which, before we can celebrate the light, we must square with the reality of the wreckage of our world and our own lives. Now we come to Christmas and truly celebrate that yes indeed the light of Jesus Christ has come and will shine in the darkness. And now that Jesus' has come and his light does shine, what does that mean? For we don't want to get the meaning of his light wrong. Jesus sheds light on our own human nature, on the nature of the world, and of God's salvation for us. This Christmas Eve sermon explores the significance of the light shining in the darkness.