Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Light of the World is Here

One of the first signs of the Christmas season in our world today is light. It is also one of my favorite symbols of the coming of Jesus, our Savior. From the brilliant lights that adorn houses and trees to the flickering candles seen on window sills, all remind me that Jesus came into the world, bringing His light of hope; spreading His promise of salvation, and shining His overwhelming love on all of mankind.

Just as the star shone so brightly to lead the shepherds and the wise men to baby born in Bethlehem, the Light of Jesus leads us to a beautiful, heavenly home with our Father, where we can live with Him eternally, free and forgiven of our sins.

The colorful displays we enjoy, serve to remind us of our one true Light: the Messiah, who came and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. Jesus shines into the darkness of the world, revealing the evil ways of man and enlightening the pathway to salvation. The light of Jesus erases all fear and brokenness revealing His truth and His majesty. Jesus reigns in luminous reflection of His Father. Jesus is the Light of the world.

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne, and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish it" (Isaiah 9:2-7 NIV).

May every colorful, sparkling illumination you experience this Advent season, bring you warmth and comfort in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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