Devotion for the First Sunday after Christmas

angel-in-clouds_cranach21 John 1:5-9 (NASB)
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

On the Third Day of Christmas, we remember St. John, the “beloved disciple.” John wrote a Gospel, three epistles (1, 2, and 3 John), and the Book of Revelation. He is the one Jesus trusted to care for His mother after His death, and he was the only disciple to die of natural causes. John’s writing emphasized the divinity of Jesus, a fitting reminder during the Christmas season that Jesus was far more than an innocent baby whose birth we just celebrated. He is the Messiah, the Son of God, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings.

Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus was the Light of the World, the Savior of the Universe, the Word of God. We confess our sins and know that He is faithful and righteous to cleanse us and forgive our sins. In His holy name we pray. Amen.

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