Light and Dark
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”John 1:4-5
Sunday we are going to remember Christ’s birth by studying John 1:1-18. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. All throughout the pages of Scripture we see that great contrast between light and dark.
The good news is that Jesus came to save those who believe in Him. What a blessing we rejoice in every week and at this time of year when we remember how the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
But we know that all do not accept the light or embrace the light of the world. Many love darkness instead of light.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21
There are those who love darkness. There are those who desire evil works. There are those who hate the light. This is not surprising. And yet each one of us were enemies of God before the Holy Spirit changed our hearts and redeemed us. Let us pray that God would change the heart of the sinner. That light would go through the world and that people would understand what you and I enjoy the most about Christmas. Joy to the World! The Lord is come! Jesus has come into the world and because of that there is great hope and joy for all of those who would embrace that truth.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
This December remember those words of Jesus, ‘You are the light of the world.” May the light of Christ shine in our lives and may others have cause to give glory to God by the way that we live our lives. Let us celebrate His birth together and rejoice in what our God has done.