What about Christmas causes your heart to sing? Decorations? Gifts? Songs? Lights decorating homes inside and out spark the first notes of “Joy to the World” in my soul. Christmas lights mimic the dancing diamonds of the night sky whispering hope is born.
“…there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1b,2
The heavens declared the advent of hope, as the wise men filled with anticipation at the appearance of the brightest star in the sky, announced the birth of Hope. The whole of the heavens glowed with the light of the glory of Hope as the angels’ chorus resounded to the shepherds.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
The light of hope, light of life burst into our dark world when the Savior was born.
“…the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78a,79
Hope was born out of darkness on that day, but it was conceived before the foundation of the world.
“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1Peter 1:20
Before the Lord God spoke light into his creation, it existed in Him. He is the light of life. In Him is no darkness at all. He used creation as the avenue of sharing His light with his most special creation, us. He gave us a bit of His light, his glory in creating us in His image. The day sin entered His creation the light went out in the world. His love would not leave His creation in darkness. The conception of light grew into a seed of hope through His promise.
“And I will put enmity between thee(Satan) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed(Jesus); it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15
For approximately 4000 years the seed of hope grew in the womb of the repeated words of the prophets of God.
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;” Isaiah 42:6
“…but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended” Isaiah 60:19b,20
Then the Holy Ghost planted the Word of hope in the womb of a woman and brought forth a Son, the light of life.
“…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
“And she brought forth her firstborn son…”Luke 1:35; 2:7a
The Light of life walked among us wrapped in flesh until the day the promise of hope reached its pinnacle on a wooden cross, the day it appeared hope died. But death could not extinguish the Light of life. His light burst through the darkness and death of a cold tomb.
The Light of life shines in each one that trusts Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died to pardon our sin, conquered death to guarantee His gift of everlasting light, everlasting life. The light that died when sin entered the world was resurrected in the promised One.
“…thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21b
The Christmas lights blink their message of the true Light of life that shines in every believer’s heart. Let your light, the light of Christ, shine before the world that still sits in darkness. So others may see the glory of God and perhaps receive the sure hope of the true Light of the world.
“Joy to the world. The Lord is come!”
For Further Reading: John 1(the other Christmas story); 2Peter 3:15
Make a list of all John 1 has to say about the light, life, and the Word.
Do you have hope? What is the reason or lack thereof of your hope?
Prayer; Father, all praise, glory and honor belong to you. You have taken our darkness and given us your Light, taken our despair and given us hope, taken our death sentence and given us eternal life. May we join the shepherds in rejoicing and telling the Good News: A Savior is Born.