Day 9 Advent Devotional – A Thrill of Hope
Day 9 – Thrill of Hope
Our Scripture to READ this morning is John 1.1-5, but I want to focus on the song “O Holy Night”. In preparing devotionals of hope I have continually had the line “a thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices” in the back of my mind. Do you need to experience that thrill? I want to encourage you to listen to this version of this song and I will leave the words below to meditate on.
O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appears and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees; O hear the Angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night, O Holy night, O night divine!
One of the things that has changed most as a parent on Christmas morning is getting to see Carson be excited the night before. Certainly you remember what it was like the night before. What would be under that tree? In a small way we were able to participate in this thrill.
John’s take on Jesus coming into the world was that He was light driving out darkness. John has barely begun his gospel narrative before introducing this cosmic conflict as the reason God the Father sent the Son. With a confident foreshadowing of the story’s end, John assures us who will ultimately come out on top.
“That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.”
Right here John sums up the season of Advent. Even amidst the great deal of darkness in this world, the light of Jesus Christ shines bright. He who experienced all of the darkness, even death itself, and was not overcome now dwells in us as God’s Spirit.
As followers of Jesus, we still live in a world where darkness seems ever-present. This is no surprise to many of us. We experience suffering in relationships, through disease and death, and seeing the world run by and for those in power. Remembering the truth found in John 1:5 and the resurrection of Jesus that allows us to feel the anticipation of “til He appears and the soul felt its worth.”
Consider today how the light of Christ may shine into the darkness around you. Are there ways that you can play the role of God and shine a light of hope to those around ?
- That we will be the light of the world.
- That we will take time to experience the “thrill” of hope that we have in Jesus.