What would Christmas be without all of the bright and colorful lights decorating trees, houses, and public squares? My family loves to go to Candy Cane Lane and marvel at all the creative light displays. You could say that it’s really not Christmas without the lights. The reason is obvious--the Person of Christmas, Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, is Himself the Light of the World. The Old Testament prophets likened the coming of the Savior as light coming into the darkness. Even Jesus Himself declared, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)
Our lives and our world are touched and affected in every way by darkness. Sin, death, despair, evil, and sorrow impact every one of us in one way or another. The hope and joy of Christmas is that the Light has come into the darkness, has overcome it, and offers salvation out of darkness and into God’s marvelous light. This Christmas season, we are going to marvel at and delight in the coming of Jesus Christ into the world through the perspective of John’s Gospel. We are going to follow John’s poetic narrative to discover Jesus’ identity, be amazed at His humble entrance into our world, and receive with joy what He came to accomplish--salvation and life for all who believe in Him.
Come join us this December as we delight in the truth that “The Light Has Come.”
Week 4 (12/24): The Light Reveals Grace and Truth (1:15-18)