One of the things I enjoy about Christmas are the lights. It’s a darker part of the year, but those Christmas lights have a way of brightening things up. They shine, twinkle, flash and even some dance with rhythm to accompanying tunes.
Light illuminates the darkness. It shines to brighten a room. It brings clarity. It brings vision.
In the beginning, God created light. (see Genesis 1:3-5) It burst onto the scene and immediately interrupted the darkness that was. In fact, darkness is forced to flee when it’s in the presence of light.
On Christmas, we remember another moment, where God sent light into the darkness. The prophet Isaiah says it like this:
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2
Isaiah chapter 8 paints a very dreary picture for the people of God in that time – Assyria overtakes them and all the consulting with one another leads to nothing. A darkness falls upon their ability to see a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ in their situation and the tunnel they find themselves in seems to have no end. Doom and gloom overtakes them.
Then we read Chapter 9 – verse 1; you’ll see the word – nevertheless…that’s a key word. It changes everything. A light will dawn – not of their creation or negotiation. But a reality set in motion and brought into existence by God alone. God announces again this prophecy of a deliverer and a light that will shine forth with hope available to a people trapped in darkness. Jesus is announced, hundreds of years before that first Christmas. He is the Light of Christmas.
It’s light for those that wander looking for something to fulfill, but have yet to discover.
It’s light for those stuck in not seeing the possibilities of something better anymore.
It’s light for those captured by the darkness of oppression, addiction, regret or failures.
It’s light for anyone and everyone who will turn toward it.
Light illuminates so we can see what is real and frees us to really see.
The Light of God has come. God once again speaks light into existence. God loves to speak light into lives that are trapped in darkness. Jesus said “I’m the light of the world.” Any who look to him are not only washed in light to see and no longer walk in darkness, but they even become radiant themselves.
We are the ‘light of the world’ as Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16.
This is what the Light of Christmas illuminates again. That there is hope. That there is forgiveness. That there is a power of victory, for those fallen in defeat. That there is real love available that can’t fade, abandon or be lost. That there is light for those stuck in the dark.
Let there be LIGHT…
Walk in His light this Christmas. Shine His light this Christmas.