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. (John 1:4,5)
One of my favorite elements of the Christmas season are the Christmas lights. Each year, we drive around town to look at the lights that people place on their houses or work places. We have a mantle with greenery that has lights strung throughout it. We have a wreath over our fireplace that has lights in it. We have Christmas trees that are covered in lights. One of the most peaceful experiences, for me, is to turn off the overhead lights or lamps and sit in the living room by the light of the Christmas tree and greenery on our mantle. There is something calming and reassuring about the lights we experience in the Christmas season.
Of course, the ultimate light in our lives is our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is His light that makes the Christmas season even possible. Because without Christ, we truly would live in a dark and hopeless world. It’s the world that Jesus was born into close to two thousand years ago. It’s a world of violence and cruelty. It’s a world where a tyrannical monarch had infant boys slaughtered in order to eliminate the threat of Jesus. It’s world where man does horrific things to man and lies and deceit flow through the heart of man.
It’s into this darkened world, that Jesus was born. The light came wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. The light came not in a presidential palace or magnificent mansion but in a humble dwelling in the midst of livestock and a young couple who were offering everything they had to the service of God. The light came to reveal the darkness and to point to a life outside of the darkness. It’s a life where love is triumphant, hope is fulfilled, and peace flows within. It’s a life where the sinner is redeemed, the lost are found and the broken are healed. It’s a life where joy and happiness can be found in the midst of the sorrow and pain of this darkened world.
As I sat by our Christmas tree the other evening, I reflected upon the power and the beauty of light. It chases the darkness and gives us sight and direction. I’m thankful for the lights of Christmas. I’m thankful for their calming and peaceful presence in the midst of a busy season of life. But most of all, I’m thankful that they remind me of the ultimate light of Christmas. The light that came to drive the darkness out of our hearts. The light that came to give us hope. The light that came to point our way home to the Father.
I’m thankful for the lights of Christmas. I’m more thankful for THE LIGHT of Christmas. Praise God for the light we find in our savior, Jesus Christ.