Lights! Lights! And, more lights! Lights are as much a part of Christmas as the tree, nativity scenes, eggnog, etc. This is fitting since light was a big part of the first Christmas. We are told that the glory of the Lord “shone” all around the shepherds. The star guided the magi to the place where Jesus was staying. However, the foremost reason light is associated with Christmas is because we celebrate the Light of the world becoming one of us.
John tells us in the prologue to his gospel about the coming of the light:
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The amazing thing about light is that it always penetrates the darkness. Where light shines the darkness recedes. The darker it is the more brilliant the light shines. Think of Christmas lights. If they are on during the day you will hardly notice them, if at all. But, when darkness comes they shine in all their brilliance.
The light of the world began to shine in the darkness of our world on the first Christmas night. The glory of God in Him began to drive back the darkness. Ever since His appearance, wherever His light shines the darkness is driven back. Many times, it sure seems as if the darkness is winning, but scripture tells us the darkness cannot overcome the light. We know in time all darkness will be vanquished.
I believe one of the greatest lies which Satan has perpetrated on the church is that the darkness is stronger than the light. Oh, we would never say that, but our behavior seems to say we believe this. Instead of letting our light shine into the darkness, as Jesus exhorted us, we hide it within our churches. We keep our light to ourselves. We hide it under a bushel. We continually shine the light for those who already are in the light, but don’t let it shine before those who are in darkness.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
As you look at Christmas lights, may you be reminded of the Light of the world who began shinning and driving back the darkness. Remember that His light shines in you and you are to let that light shine. His light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. How can you let His light shine into the darkness?