“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” – I John 1:5
God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be the light of the world. “Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. The statement ‘God is light’ means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)
Before the birth of Jesus, the light of God had to be pursued through perfect adherence to the letter of the law, accompanied by various sacrifices for shortcomings. To live such a life was nearly impossible, and few found way into God’s favor.
Nearly two millennium ago, everything changed. God out there, became God right here – Emmanuel, God with us. His loving light entered earth as an infant, who grew into a man who instructed and taught us how we too, might live in His light. In our sinful state, instruction was not nearly enough. Without atonement and ongoing help, our own darkness would surely destroy us. Not wanting even one of us to be destroyed by darkness, Jesus lovingly and willingly decided to die in our place. Death could not defeat His deity, and on the third day, He rose again. When He returned to the right hand of His Father in heaven, He sent us a helper through His Holy Spirit – to be our Counselor and Comforter.
Today, we have great reason to rejoice, as we celebrate the coming of Christ – the Light of life unto the world!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for sending Your Son to be the Light of the world. Thank You for the life and death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the hope and help provided to all who believe by Your Holy Spirit. May our love reflect Your holy light to one and all always, and on this Christmas night. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present