John 1:4,5 – In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
You ever fall into the trap of arguing about what day Jesus was really born ? Really? The funny thing is that He is the only One who decides when any of us were born and we actually think we can figure what was His actual day of birth? Probably not. It seems that the modern day Pharisees hate the idea of Jesus being born in the winter, they have all sorts of theories about a spring birth or a fall birth but does any of that even matter? Augustine seemed to think Christ was born on the shortest day of the year (he thought that may have been December 25). If you give it some thought, Christ being born at the winter solstice makes a lot of sense. When we were at our darkest moment the light of God’s glory began to shine down on us. He is the light of the world and it is His light that awakens us from the darkness of this world. Here is how Augustine describes this Christmas miracle.
“Therefore, my dear Brothers and Sisters, let’s treat this day with all possible solemnity. Not like those flaky infidels who’ve let their faith slip to their ankles just because the sun appears to be a god. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate the sun ourselves. Rather it has something to do with Him who made the sun in the first place. He was the Word. According to John (1:14), He was made flesh for no other reason than to let the sun shine on Him for our sake and benefit. As a human being Himself, in the light of the sun, yes, but at the same time in majesty over all the sun and indeed the whole universe. Even on this, His birthday, the Son of Man may find the sun His plaything, His pull-toy. He stands above, the Son of God, holding the sun in his hand.”
Amazing, even as an infant, this king ruled the rising and the setting of the sun. He orchestrates every day, even today. Nothing the kings of the earth do can stop or hinder His mighty plans. The sun came up again this morning, its another good day because it is a new day of the Lord.