What is the first thing you do when you enter a dark room? If you are like most people, you look for a light. Even a familiar room can be threatening when no light is present. For example, if your wife has rearranged the furniture in the bedroom, you may have stubbed your toe as you traversed your usual path.
Spiritual darkness also requires a light, unless we are willing to settle for a threatening and dangerous place. Darkness has long been on God’s mind because He cares for our enlightenment. When He created the Heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1:1), darkness was over the surface of the deep (Genesis 1:2). “And God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3). God saw that the light was good, and separated the light from the darkness (Genesis 1:4).
Scripture tells us how God has focused on light and darkness since the creation of the world. At first, there was no darkness or sin with man, but darkness arrived quickly in the Garden. After the fall, darkness and death entered the world and man needed a Savior, to whom God alluded in Genesis 3:14-15. This Savior is Jesus Christ, who arrived 2000 years ago to bring light to the world.
The shepherds were the first non-family members to view the Christ child. When they looked into the manger, they saw light. The Apostle John describes the Light they saw this way, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John (1:4-5). God stepped into the world 2000 years ago, and the first thing He did was to turn on a light. That light is Jesus Christ. The darkness is man, who failed to recognize or understand the light.
Isn’t it a shame how most of the world still stumbles blindly in the darkness because they have rejected the free gift of God’s light? What a tragedy it is that so many people are stubbing their toes in life and bruising themselves because they have refused the Light God offers them. Peter tells us we are a chosen people, a people belonging to God, and we should praise Him for calling us out of darkness into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).
Light is a marvelous entity. It travels faster than anything else in the Universe. It is incorruptible and pure. Albert Einstein stated the reason he could construct the theory of relativity was because there is one thing in the world that is unchangeable. In all the material Universe, there is only one constant – the speed of light.
In our world, there is only one thing that never changes. There is only one unmovable, unchangeable, immutable constant, and that is Jesus Christ. He is the light of the world. Jesus Himself told us, “I AM the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). In Simeon’s prayer to God, he called Jesus “..a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:32). Jesus really is the Light of the world!
Man is working feverishly to remove Jesus, our Light, from the world. Christmas is under special attack, with many refusing to use the word “Christmas” because it contains Christ’s Name. Be encouraged, however, because every Christmas light you see is a reminder that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, and He will overcome. He will always shine and obliterate the darkness because it’s a fundamental property of light. You can shine light and destroy the darkness, but it is impossible to “shine darkness” on light and remove the light. In fact, darkness doesn’t really exist; darkness is simply the absence of light. Likewise, spiritual darkness is the absence of God.
Darkness comes with a penalty, and this is the verdict: “Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the Truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21). All those who do not accept the Light of Jesus Christ will spend eternity in darkness and separation from God.
It is normal to see the Light. When the shepherds looked in the manger, they saw the glorious, wonderful Light we call Jesus Christ. Rejoice in the salvation we receive through the sacrifice of the Light, Jesus Christ. When you look into the manger this Christmas, be sure you see the Light.
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