God’s Christmas Lights

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In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4

I hung my outdoor Christmas lights this past week when there was a bit of warmer weather. We have the old-school Charlie Brown-style big multi-color bulbs. Just two short strands across the front gutter. The bulbs are easy to replace when one goes bad and it doesn’t affect an entire section. Simple. Colorful. I love them.

As I remember standing in the chill of that early evening admiring my simple strand of lights, it gets me thinking about Jesus and the many references about Him as the light of the world shining in the darkness.

The Word – who became flesh (John 1:14) – is the light that shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend or overpower (John 1:5).

He is the great light, Who shines on those walking in darkness (Isaiah 9:2).

He is the light who came into the world, so that everyone who believes in Him will not remain in darkness (John 12:46).

He is the light in whom there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).

He is the light who turns to those who believe in Him and says:

You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before others in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14, 16

You see Jesus, the light of the world, the Word in flesh, God as man, comes into the world to reveal the will and kingdom of God and to reconcile us to His will and kingdom so that we would carry on the reality of the Word as flesh – His life, in your flesh (see: John 1:4: 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, 17-21; Ephesians 2:13-14, 5:14-17; Philippians 2:13; John 17:13-22).

As Paul boldly declares:

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

His life in your flesh – to be on display in your words and deeds – so that others may come to know and glorify God. In that sense, you are God’s Christmas lights. You are the place – the person – upon, in and through whom God places His Christmas light – the life of Christ – to shine in the darkness for the world to see.

Simple. Colorful. Loved.

Pastor Jon