Post date: Dec 27, 2011 11:20:35 PM

God’s beloved people,

Happy New Year 2012! I’m writing this in mid-December, but January and a new calendar year will be here soon enough. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end in 2012. Don’t count on it. Don’t quit your day job. It’s possible, but not very probable. In Mark 13:32, Jesus says this about heaven and earth passing away. “But about that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” So second guessing the second coming is pointless. It’s best to keep on living in faith, hope and love in Jesus, the light of the world.

In January we enter the season of Epiphany. Epiphany means a revelation, a manifestation, something is brought to light and understood clearly: as in “Aha! I get it!” After the 12 days of Christmas, Epiphany begins on January 6th with the visit of the wise men to the child Jesus. The Magi brought to light that Jesus (not Herod) is the true king and

Savior of all humankind. Their gifts revealed that Jesus is worthy of our worship and the best we have to offer, because he is the light of the world. Jesus is the light no darkness can overcome.

Someone has calculated that a certain day toward the end of

January is the most depressing day of the year. The nights are still long. The weather is usually cold and snowy or icy or foggy. The credit card bills from Christmas are coming due and it’s time to get started on last year’s taxes. On top of that the economy is still lousy, people are still unemployed or losing jobs and homes and health insurance.

In the midst of that it’s good to remember that Jesus is indeed the light of the world. The light no darkness can overcome. On Sunday, January 8th we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. This is another epiphany moment. As Jesus is baptized, the Spirit descends on him like a dove and God’s voice from heaven says, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Mark1:11. Jesus is God’s Son and our Savior. He is the light which no darkness can overcome.

Share the good news of Jesus in 2012 with someone who is in the dark and yearns for some light.

Serving Christ together with you,

Pastor Dennis