When I think about the Christmas season, I think about many things. Of course, I think about the Nativity, the Christ Child, Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, Shepherds and all that surrounds the birth of Christ. I think about how GOd so loved us He sent His Son to be a living and dying sacrifice for my sins. I think about how Jesus emptied himself and became a man, left heaven, His Father’s side to become flesh and blood in order to identify with humanity. Recently, I have been thinking about the lights.
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” If I can take some liberty… During this season the Christmas lights are everywhere. From the simple to the elaborate, Christmas lights decorate every city, every neighborhood, and even in the country, people express their Christmas cheer with “lights.”
Every time I see Christmas lights (may its just a “Rod” thing), I see the Light of the World, Jesus. I am challenged, with each Christmas display of colored lights, to let my inner light shine. To let this world see Jesus in me. It’s as if the whole world, perhaps without realizing it, is sharing the Gospel message: The Light of the World has come!
I want to do as an old chorus that was quoiting scripture challenged, “Arise, shine for the Light has come and the Glory of the Lord has risen upon me.”
Let your “light” shine, church, this Christmas Season!