Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Light of Christmas


(1 John 1:5 NIV) "God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."

(John 1:9 NIV) “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world."

(John 8:12 NIV) "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

(John 9:5 NIV)  "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

(John 12:46 NIV)  "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness."

One of the great traditions of Christmas is lights. Even before the world had electricity people would light their trees and windows with candles. Light has been a part of Christmas since the birth of Christ when a bright star led the Magi to Bethlehem and the Christ child.   

The tradition of lights is based in scripture and in the nature of God himself. John tells us that “God is light”, so light is a God thing. Light and God go together - like Romeo and Juliet, like cake and ice cream, like guitars and rock & roll.

All light we see today is the creation of God.

(Genesis 1:1-4 NIV) "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. {2} Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. {3} And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. {4} God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness."

Light didn’t just happen. God spoke light to the universe with his creative word. Without God there would be no light. Darkness would still be “over the surface of the deep.”

Not only did God create light, God sustains the light. God gives light and God can take it away. God spoke light into existence and he can speak it out of existence. Without his word… without his presence, we would die in darkness.

That’s why King David prayed: "You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." (Psalms 18:28 NIV) 

David knew that God is the creator and sustainer of light. God’s presence turns our darkness into light. He keeps our lamp burning. God sustains light, and with light, comes life.

(John 1:4 NIV) "In him was life, and that life was the light of men."

When Jesus came to earth, he brought life to us. Light is directly connected to life. In nature and in the spiritual realm, it would be impossible for life as we know it to exist without light.
Remove the sun’s light and everything would die. If a board or an opaque object covers a patch of grass in your yard, that grass will die.

Remove the Son’s light and all souls die. Without Jesus we live in the shadow lands of spiritual darkness and eventually we perish. Darkness brings death. Light and life go together.

When Jesus comes to live in us, the life and the light of God come to live in us.

(John 8:12 NIV) “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Light not only brings life, it can bring deliverance.

(Isaiah 42:6-7 NIV) "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, {7} to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness."

Light brings freedom and release. If the light you are following doesn’t bring deliverance, it is not the light of God.

Christmas is about the fact that “the true light that gives light to every man has come into the world”. It’s about God coming to earth to take hold of our hand. Christmas is about the Light of the world coming to make us into people of the light. Christmas is about Jesus bringing light to eyes and hearts that are blind. Christmas is about God helping people who once sat in dungeons of darkness to move into his wonderful light.

Come to the Light!

 

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