The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
A Savior Born to Dwell Among Us Bringing Light
In many parts of the world, candles and strings of lights illuminate homes inside and out in the weeks before Christmas. In the northern hemisphere, where the daylight hours are short this time of year, those lights can make the days feel a little bit longer. One little light makes a difference.
Those lights can also point us to an important truth about Christmas. The Bible describes the natural condition of mankind as darkness. In the darkness that we call sin, we are helpless and vulnerable. Dangers lurk all around us. We can’t see God or anything that is truly good. We can’t see the path through life that ends up anywhere but death.
But Christmas changed all of that. A Savior was born to dwell among us to bring light into our darkness. He overcame the darkness of sin by his perfect life as the Son of God. He destroyed sin’s hold on our hearts and lives by his innocent death. The message of the Bible opens our eyes to see Jesus as the light that shines on the only path away from death to life that never ends.
When we trust and follow Jesus, we don’t grope around in dangerous darkness. We live in light that gives life and hope and freedom. Just as we need light to survive in this life, we need the light of Jesus to have eternal life.
The skies of Bethlehem lit up the night Jesus was born as angels announced his birth to shepherds. A special star in the sky, led wise men to find him there too. But the greatest light shining was the light lying in a manger, the light that drives out the darkness of sin and death with the promise of perfect life that never ends.
With each Christmas light that pierces the darkness of these December nights, remember Jesus, the Savior, born to dwell among us and bring true light into the world. He is the light that keeps shining long after the Christmas decorations are stored away.
Little Lord Jesus, thank you for bringing true light into our dark world. Let your light shine in my heart always. Amen.