The Weekly Word: Christmas Lights
By Coulter Page, Senior Pastor, Bethany Alliance Church
Christmas time! This has always been my favorite time of year. Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed every moment of the Christmas season.
Whether it was Christmas caroling or Christmas parties, whether it was making Christmas cookies or decorating for Christmas, it has always been a wonderful time of year in my own heart.
One of my absolute favorite parts of the Christmas season, though, has always been the Christmas lights. My family has always decked the house out inside and out, and we have spent many a night driving around looking at all the beautiful lights. To me, it is an amazing sight.
As I have gotten older, my love for the Christmas lights has not waned. I still catch myself coming home from a late-night meeting only to see a beautifully lit house and sitting in awe of it.
Beyond it being a magnificent sight, as I have gotten older, I have gleaned a new perspective on it. Looking at the lighted house on an otherwise darkened neighborhood reminds me of Jesus.
These lone houses sit within darkness bringing a beam of light bursting forth. This is exactly the depiction we have of Jesus entering our world.
“[The] people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:9 ESV)
“In [Jesus] 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 ESV)
Jesus, God’s Son, came bursting into the darkness. His message of salvation for those who believe in him is a beacon crying out the truth.
Our world is shrouded in the darkness of sin, and Jesus’ truth burst forth into this darkness drawing people to him. The light shines out reminding us that there is an escape from our sin and a hope for those who put their faith in Jesus.
Will you draw near to this light? Will you accept him into your life? That is my prayer for you this Christmas.
For those of you who draw near to this light this Christmas, know that Jesus doesn’t just bring you to the light, but he makes you light yourself.
He says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14 ESV)
When you come to the light, you become a light bursting forth to the world declaring the truth. You become the house decorated with lights in a darkened neighborhood. Your life becomes a beacon for Jesus.
If you accept this light into your life, become the light for others to see. Don’t hide it but shine brightly so the world may believe.
Jesus, thank you for bursting into the darkness of my life. Thank you for bringing me life. Thank you for showing me the truth. Help me to be a light to the world around me. I want to be a beacon that shines for you. I want the world to see you clearly because of how I live. Make me your light in a world of darkness. Amen!
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Do you have plans this Christmas Eve? Bethany Alliance Church would love for you to make us a part of your celebrations. At 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 we will be having a wonderful Christmas Eve service where we will be telling the Christmas story through song, Scripture and story.
Hope to see you at 1100 Clinton Street this Christmas Eve. Have a Merry Christmas!