And God said, “Let there be light!”
Darkness engulfed the entire world until God spoke those words. The only thing that darkness cannot erase is light. No amount of darkness can extinguish light. There was a different kind of darkness that prevailed in the world after sin entered it. Have you ever thought about how comforting light is? After a long night of burden, the light of morning brings relief. When we have a good idea, it is said that a “light went on in our heads!”
The first thing a person does when they enter a dark room is to turn on the light. When we are faced with a decision and looking for answers, we often say, “Let’s shed a little light on this!” Light helps us see things more clearly. Ever notice the huge lights a surgeon has overhead when doing his surgery? Ever notice how dark it is when there is no moon in the sky? Ever hear the expression regarding troubles, “It is the darkest before the dawn?”
Did you know that the Word of God is the greatest light ever devised? Jesus is the Word. The Bible says of itself, “Thy word (Jesus) is a light unto my path.” Often we have heard when people have a life after death experience they talk about the “bright light” and being drawn toward it.
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:17
Scientists can be “enlightened” but they cannot create light without using what God has already created. Mary saw a great light when the angel told her of the coming of Jesus. The angels appeared in a great light when they appeared to the shepherds. The word light is used more than 277 times in the Bible. Our Jewish friends light the Menorah this time of the year to celebrate Hanukkah. Our Catholic friends light candles in the church as a practice of adding substance to their prayers. Light exposes evil.
There is just something special about candlelight. Many of our ancestors burned a candle in the window for wayward travelers to see its light and be guided by it. Romantics fall in love over a candlelight dinner. There was once a song by Debbie Boone called, “You light up my life!” Does Jesus light up your life?
The wisemen followed the star light to the stable where the Infant Savior was born. God led the Children to the Promised Land by a cloud during the day and a light of fire by night.
Jesus warned the disciples to walk in the Light while it was with them. John 12:35
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.”
What would Christmas be without lights? Lights not only illuminate the areas; but they can bring such joy and beautify as decorations. We should decorate our life with the light of Jesus. We are told not to light a candle and put it under a bushel where no one can see it; but to put it on a lamp stand for the world to see. We are told in Matthew 5:16 to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Remember singing that little song – “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let is shine!” Little children often sing this song; but fail to follow through as adults
We are told that there will be no need for light in the eternal world to come as “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” Flashing lights can save your life or get you a ticket.
Will your Christmas tree and home only be lit up with many lights purchased at Wal-Mart or will it be lit up with the Light of Jesus – the one who purchased your Salvation for eternity?
Did you know that on the day that Jesus died, the world grew dark? Did you know that when Jesus comes back to earth it will not be as a babe in swaddling clothes; but as King of Kings? Did you know that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord of Lords? Do you realize that the wise men came from the East following the light of the star and that Jesus will return from the east?
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-3
The world was in chaos and was waiting in expectation for the Savior to come. The world is in chaos today and wise men still seek Jesus; but there are those who are not looking forward to the Second Coming because they have not accepted that He came the first time, that He died, that He arose, that He sits on the right hand of God, and He is coming back again for His Own?
The coming of Christ will be instantaneous and worldwide.”For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” —Matthew 24:27
My Christmas wish and prayer is that all of my family and friends are standing in the light of Jesus and one day we will all be together forever in the world where there is no darkness, no pain, no sorrow, and no tears of parting. Praying that your burdens this coming year will be “light” and that you enjoy good health, good friends, and good times with family, and that you light up the corner of your world with the light of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Love, Pat Walston and Family
December 25, 2012
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