Wishing You A Blessed Christmas

“The light shines in the darkness,” says the apostle John speaking of Jesus, “but the darkness did not overpower it” (1:5 NASB margin). Light, in the form of photons, on the one hand, exhibits qualities of both particles and of waves (scienceabc.com).

But darkness, on the other  hand, is simply the absence of light—it is nothing. Therefore, when light shines, darkness is helpless against it. The light of Jesus outshone the self-righteous religious leaders of Jesus’ day. It also outshone the secular power of the most powerful empire the world had known. Jesus’ self-sacrificing love broke the will of those most hardened against it. In Jesus the light of God shines still. Even today, while news reports of ethnic/religious cleansing of Christians abound world-wide, little-acknowledged revivals of people coming to Jesus proliferate.

Do what it will, the world’s hostility (whether from atheist, religious, or secular sources) cannot overpower Jesus. Remember, when you shine the light of Jesus in your world,  darkness stands helpless against it.

I wish you and your loved ones a truly Blessed Christmas.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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