To kick off Café for the Spring 2017 semester, Jeremy introduced the idea of creating a soundtrack for our lives. Every Tuesday night this semester, we'll be talking about something from the Bible and connecting it with a song as to further understand what Scripture is telling us and how it applies to our lives today.
Although it's now January and Christmas decorations have come down, we talked about letting the spirit of Christmas dwell among us. John 1:1-14 tells us,
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.We all have people in our lives who have been with us through it all... those dependable people who have been present through the bad times and the good, who know us well, who are trustworthy and consistent, who have chosen to dwell in our lives and be fully there. God chose to do the same when he came into the world through his son, Jesus. These verses are the Christmas story in summary, but they tell us that Jesus is still present with us. The words of John were written decades after the death of Jesus, and even after all those years the light/Jesus had not left & still has not to this day.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The song featured this week was "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay. It was chosen because it is a good representation of that feeling of loss, but realizing that we have reminders of hope all around us. The light dwells among us, full of grace and truth.