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Advent Conspiracy Daily Devotionals - December 1, 2018

Advent Conspiracy Daily Devotionals

Welcome to the daily devotional for this season of Advent 2018! This year, we are centering our devotions around the themes inspired by the “Advent Conspiracy” ministry. Here is their story:

Over a decade ago, a few pastors were lamenting how they’d come to the end of an Advent season exhausted and sensing they’d missed it – the awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation.

For many of us, we were drowning in a sea of financial debt and endless lists of gifts to buy. We struggled to find the connection between our Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress had overtaken worship and celebration.

The time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest was often the hardest. Somehow, this had become the new normal.

So, in 2006, three pastors, Chris Seay, Greg Holder, and Rick McKinley, decided to try something different. They called it the Advent Conspiracy movement, and came up with four tenets—Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All—to guide themselves, their families, and congregations through the Christmas season. 

Keeping these four tenets in mind, I hope you’ll find these daily devotions helpful.

December 1, 2018

John 1:1-5 (CEV)

In the beginning was the one
    who is called the Word.
The Word was with God
    and was truly God.
From the very beginning
    the Word was with God.

And with this Word,
    God created all things.
Nothing was made
    without the Word.
Everything that was created
    received its life from him,
and his life gave light
    to everyone.
The light keeps shining
    in the dark,
and darkness has never
    put it out.

When you read the Gospel of John, you notice immediately it is not like the other Gospels. There is no “Christmas story” of angels and shepherds, no Mary and Joseph, no gifts and Wise Men. Instead, there is this proclamation that harkens back to creation, to Genesis. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth. . .”, “God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” John is making a proclamation about Jesus that he is the Word that God spoke and the Word that brought all things into creation. Jesus is God’s light that brings life and light to all things, even the darkness. And just like even a small candle in a dark room pierces the light and shines enough for all to see, so does the light of Jesus pierce the darkness of our lives.

My concern is that with the darkness of commercialism, busyness and sentimentality that we encounter this time of year, can we hear the Word of God in Jesus Christ, and find the light we need in him to shine in our darkness? May we encounter the living Word in Jesus Christ and find light and life, even amidst the darkness.