19th December 2012

The Gospel In Lights

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:17 (KJV)

This time of year it gets dark very early where I live–before 4pm.  As you walk or drive down the main street of town, the beautiful lights are proclaiming the Gospel of Christ!  2 Corinthians 4:3-6 speaks of the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, and in verse 6 tells us, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

If you were to stop anyone in the street and ask why are there lights everywhere, they would tell you it is because it is Christmas.  And if you asked them what is Christmas, they would tell you it is a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world:  he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  It is true that no one knows the actual date of the birth of Jesus, and it is generally accepted that it was not December 25th, but in using this date to mark such a momentous event, how appropriate that in remembering his birth, people use lights!

Whether you choose to mark the birth of Jesus at Christmas time or not, this is the time of year when you can openly talk about Jesus and teach children in school about Christianity without anyone objecting.  We can “shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9) through letting our light shine, whether is through our example of Christianity, or in putting up festive lights.

Father of lights, help us, especially at this time of year, to let our light shine at every opportunity.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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