December 15, 2010 Light Has Come
When it comes to Christmas a lot of symbols stick out. In the spirit of commercialism, it seems like every couple of years they market a specific theme. Snowmen, snowflakes, reindeer, snow, angels, light, stars, Santa, the reindeer, Hot cocoa, Believe, ice, toys: You name it. For our family, it goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, our emphasis is on Jesus. Not just that Jesus was born, but that he came as the promised Savior.
There is not anything wrong with all those other things. I am a fan of Christmas traditions; all of them. I was thinking recently about what my favorite Christmas special is. Hands down it is Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I think the reason I love that one the most is because it highlights “Christmas Traditions”, even about the business and commercialism. However, those traditions is what makes the season fun. Ice skating, cookie baking, Christmas cards, carols, Christmas lights. . .Ho Ho Ho, Mistletoe , and presents for pretty girls. (Yes that is a quote from Charlie Brown.) When it all comes down to it, there is a reason much more than these traditions. I know what Christmas is all about.
Tonight, at our church, because it is the last night our Children will be meeting, I will be sharing the Christmas story. I was so excited as I was reading this morning getting ready. I am not going to really tell the story of Christ’s birth, physically anyway. We are going to talk about his coming and what it means to the very inmost being.
Jesus is the LIGHT of the world.
I know that not everyone who reads this may know or understand what it means to dwell in light. My prayer is that you would open your eyes to something you have never seen before.
In the beginning of time God created the world. The first thing he created was light. He separated the light from darkness. According to Genesis, God created light before he even created the sun. In Revelation, after God creates the New Heaven and Earth it says that there will be no need for the sun. The glory of God will be the source of light to all who live there. (Rev. 21:23)
When God created the world it was perfect. However when sin entered in, darkness rose. We were separated from God who is the source of light and life. Our minds became dark and we were given over to live the way we want. No one has to be my boss. In this darkness is death. Not just physical death, but hopeless, lonely, pitiful disaster. When I was 16, I came to see how dark it really was. I also saw a glimpse of light that I had never seen before.
Deep down in my soul I had a longing. A longing that could never be satisfied in anything. A longing that I couldn’t even describe. I longed for a breath of life. I longed to be freed from the bondage of darkness.
I believe that every person has this longing. Perhaps some find a way to hide it. Perhaps you can find a way to quench it for a while. For me, the answer was in one. One. One who came as a baby- wrapped in flesh, but fully God. One who, two thousands years ago, would live in a way that my soul always longs for- perfection. One who would die to make a way for my soul to be satisfied. One who would give me light.
The one called Jesus.
For God who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
In the face
2 Corinthians 4:6
There is much to say about this Jesus.
My wish for you is that you would know the freedom and power that God gave to us in Jesus Christ.
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