The Christmas Light That Shines Forever
I was standing on a wooded shoreline on a cloudy summer evening while fishing in Glendale Lake. I foolishly did not return to my vehicle until well after sunset. I had no flashlight or light source. I do not remember if I caught any fish, but that experience is my mental image of pitch blackness. As I inched my way back to my vehicle, I could not even see the trees. I waved my fishing rod slowly back and forth ahead of me to feel my way little by little. Once beyond the grove of trees, I could see well enough to find the car.
In the moral realm we have all lived in deep darkness. We could not understand spiritual truth or the world as it really is. Disobediently, foolishly, we replaced Jesus, the light of the world, with our own dark agenda. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ coming to deliver light and truth to a world captive to darkness and deceit. Living in darkness is a futile, meaningless existence, addicted to self-control while ironically in the grasp of the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). But the Christmas Light that shines forever gives us a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). Isaiah wrote, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2, NIV).
Jesus was born in Bethlehem to set us free from darkness’ merciless rule. He shines on us living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us into the path of peace (Luke 1:79). Believing in Him sets us free -- “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46, NIV). He came to open our eyes and turn us from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that we may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Him (Acts 26:18). That is His gift to us, wrapped with love and stained with His blood. After we receive it, our gift to Him is to be done with the fruitless deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11, NIV) so we can declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful, eternal light (1 Peter 2:9). #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources #christmas
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