On the very first Christmas, a child was born in a stable, laid in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Such a lowly birth for the savior of all mankind. The Christ Child…Jesus, son of the one and only living God. The night sky was lit up by a very bright star that rested over the stable where baby Jesus was born. The star led people to Jesus, so they might worship him.
Jesus is the light that overcomes
the darkness of sin in the world.
He is the light of men.
In Genesis 1, we find the story of creation. (Vs. 1) God created the heaven and the earth. (Vs. 2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:3 – And God said, Let there be light; and there was light!
(Vs. 4) And God saw the light, that it was good,
and God divided the light from the darkness.
(Vs. 5) And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night.
And the evening and the morning were the first day.
God spoke light into existence. He spoke light into the darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. Where there is no light, there is darkness. Where there is no good; there is evil.
God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light,
evil is the absence of God. – Albert Einstein
Einstein was half right. (Is. 45:7) – I formed the light, and create darkness: I make peace and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. God is comparing light and darkness with good and evil. God divided the light from the darkness, just as he divides the children of light from the children of darkness. God spoke physical light in to existence, and light dispels the darkness.
(John 1:1) In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. Jesus is the word. (John 1:4) In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
(John 1:14) And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.
(1st John 1:5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (1st John 1:7) If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
John 9:5 – As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Jesus came to be a light to overcome the darkness of sin in our lives. When Christ physically left this world, he sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and give us light.
Every person makes a choice either to live in darkness (absence of light) or to live in the light of Christ. In Luke 1, verse 79, Zacharias gave a prophecy that Jesus would come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Wow! If you want the darkness to leave your life; just let the light of Jesus shine in! Remember, darkness is the absence of light. If we ask Jesus into our heart, his light begins to shine into the darkness in our souls. The degree to which we let Jesus into our life; is the degree of darkness that must leave our life to accommodate his light.
As you see, in Luke 1, verse 79,
The light of Christ will guide our feet into the way of peace.
John 3:19 – And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. The light of Christ brings the evil deeds from the darkness into the light where they can be seen. Those who want to continue in their evil ways, do not want those sins exposed. They love the darkness, where they think their sins are hidden. John 3:20 – For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. They don’t want to be brought to a place where they will feel a need to change.
In contrast: John 3:21 – But he that doeth truth cometh to the light; that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. According to Websters, manifest means: evident to the senses, especially to the sight, apparent; distinctly perceived; hence, obvious to the understanding; apparent to the mind; easily apprehensible; plain; not obscure or hidden. The second meaning is detected; convicted.
If the sinner comes into the light of Christ, he sees his sin in a different way. He becomes aware of his sin and the consequences. We call this conviction. It is not pleasant to be under conviction. Yet some people live in this state for some time; unwilling to give up the sin that they now see in the light of Christ. They live in a convicted and unhappy state, when all they must do is confess to God and he will help them turn from their sin.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Colossians 1:13, 14 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and has
translated us into the kingdom of his dear son. In whom we have redemption
through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
1 Peter 2:9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; That ye should show forth praises of Him,
Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
December 25 is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Christmas holiday has become so commercialized, these days, that it’s easy to forget the real reason we celebrate this holiday. We are celebrating the entrance of the King of Kings, Emanuel (God with us). We are celebrating the day, the light of the world came down to dwell among us. The birth of the Christ, the savior of mankind. We are celebrating the birth of the sinless sacrificial lamb, the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. The one who loved us so much that he took the darkness of our sin upon himself, and paid the penalty on the cross. He loved us so much, he was willing to suffer and die on the cross, in payment for our sins.
Salvation is a free gift.
We can take it, or refuse it. It is a choice we make, to walk in darkness,
or come into the the saving light of Christ.
If we take the freely offered gift of salvation,
we will live eternally in the light.
Rev. 22:5 – And there shall be no night there; they need not a candle,
neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light;
and they shall reign forever and ever.
If we refuse the gift of salvation, we are doomed to live in darkness
(the absence of the light of Christ)
through all eternity.
Have you made your choice?
Today is the day of salvation.
Remember, not making a choice
could mean you choose darkness by default.
There may not be a tomorrow.
Let’s put the Christ back in Christmas!
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