I’ll confess, I had my annual tangle with the Christmas lights, and if I didn’t love sitting in the colorful glow, I might have let them win this year. Lights are one of the many signs that the Christmas season is upon us. Millions of colored lights illuminate trees and houses and streets, twinkling joy and good cheer to all passersby, their radiance chasing away the darkness of the shortened days. These lights are not just decorative, they are symbolic. Scripture uses light to speak of moral purity, truth and righteousness; and John tells us God is this kind of light in its truest sense, unlike humans, there is no capacity for darkness in God. The gospel writer Matthew declares, “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” Jesus is the light of God, shining in the darkness, and the darkness of sin, evil and chaos will not overcome it. My prayer for you is that you would let the light and love of Jesus radiate into your soul and warm the cold places in your heart, and that you would shine this light to others.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.