“In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4
January is a dark month. The days are short, the nights are long. The Christmas lights have come down from homes and streets. The combination of harsh weather and post-holiday blues darken our emotions. We need a boost of life and we need light. How fitting for the church to celebrate the season of Epiphany at this time. Epiphany, which means revelation, offers a new lease on life as Jesus is revealed to be “the light of men. “As I pondered this truth, a LIGHT went off in my head with an acrostic:
Look Into God’s Holy Truth
Our lives will no doubt experience many changes this month, this year. Some will be posi-tive, others not so much. But God’s Word never changes. His holy truth stands forever; Jesus is the Son of God who came into the world to save us from sin and everlasting death. Faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus brings life eternal. The light of Jesus reveals the way to peace with God, both now and forever.
Our gospel lessons this month invite us to look into God’s holy Truth. On January 7, we hear the Heavenly Father proclaim, “This is my beloved Son.” The next week, Nathaniel tells Jesus, “You are the Son of God.” On January 21, Simon and Andrew look into the light of Jesus and answer His call to follow Him. Perhaps the most surprising of all, on the last Sunday of the month an unclean spirit proclaims, “I know who you are- - the Holy One of God.
As we journey with the people of God re-corded in Scriptures, the light of God's Word re-veals the way for our life as well. 2018 is a dark mystery. We do not know everything that 2018 holds for us as individuals, or as a church, but we know the One who holds us in His hands. As we Look Into God’s Holy Truth, we will find life and be warmed by the light of His love.
Pastor Mark Rhoads