Christmas Devotional | 2018 - Day 14


By Ryland Whitehorn

“I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”

John 12:46

To me Christmas is all about lights. I just love them. Our house closely resembles Clark Griswold’s from the movie Christmas Vacation. Our neighbors gather every year to watch me decorate, wondering if this will be the year I finally fall off the roof or get electrocuted.

I love lights because they remind me of the beauty, power, and wonder of our precious Savior and what He sacrificed for us. Light played a major role in the birth of Jesus. The angels put on an incredible light show to announce and celebrate His arrival. The wise men closely followed that light to reach their destination, and wise people still follow that light today to discover incredible blessings and opportunities.

Light is a major theme in the Bible. “Let there be light” was the first command. John 12:46 says, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in darkness.”

Jesus is the Light of the World. There is a familiar acrostic that reminds us of exactly what that means for us and how we can celebrate it every day of our lives.

Lets us know God loves us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Illustrates what God is really like.“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians 1:15
Guides our steps. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” John 8:12
Heals our hurts.“Who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:3
Transforms our lives. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

The Light of Christmas is Jesus. If you embrace Him today, you will love the light, and you will never be in darkness again. Merry Christmas!

What is your favorite Christmas song?

A collection of songs on the hammered dulcimer titled “Winterfall”

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

“Sausage Eve” is our family dinner after the Christmas Eve worship service. All food MUST contain sausage!

What is your favorite Christmas dish or drink?

“Green Stuff” – If you really want to know you will have to ask my wife, Renea.

Author Bio

Ryland Whitehorn

Ryland Whitehorn
Executive Pastor of Ministries

Ryland believes the church should be the center of our community, operating as a New Testament church to serve as “home” for thousands of people. Ryland and his wife, Renea, have two married daughters, Shea and Kelsi, and three grandchildren.