Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. -Luke 3:2, 3 (KJV)
I want you to consider for a moment what the world was like when Jesus Christ came upon the scene. In many ways the world was similar to today; there was political unrest, the threat of war was always present, the world was a violent and dangerous place, and people struggled to get by, cope with life, and make ends meet. There were rich people, poor people, and a vast number of middle class folks. Today we enjoy the benefits of modern technology, medical advances, and a more enlightened age, but one central similarity remains constant; the world needed Jesus just as much then as it does now. The world was shrouded and entangled in the darkness of sin, much as it is today. And into the spiritual darkness the light of God shined, and it did so in a brilliant and powerful way. Jesus Christ came into the world and brought hope to all mankind.
The light of God had come into the world, and with that light came the hope that life did not have to be survived, but could be lived to the fullest. We can have strength, peace, and joy right here in the midst of our worst fears and struggles. The light of God had come powerfully into the darkness of the world. Jesus Christ pierced and overcame that horrible darkness.
We still look to Him today for all the same reasons. We too need hope, peace, joy, and direction in life. We too need the hope that in all of our struggles there is reason to keep on going. Jesus Christ is that reason.
Look to Jesus today, for in Him is hope, new life, peace, and joy.