The dawn of peace Christmas Eve
the final night the world would sleep
Fearful of the dark
but there was a shining star leading
Wise men to a humble place
where they would find the Gift of Grace
Laying before their eyes
hope had come to life
The Light of the world was shining
The Light of the world was shining
He came just like He promised
His love would not be silent
Hearts would quake on Christmas Day
as they looked upon the Savior’s face
God became a man
they could reach and touch His hands
The hands that made the blind to see
that carried the weight of suffering
That washed away our sins
so we could be born again
The world knows Christ is born
oh, the King of love has come
And our hearts will be His throne
it is known, Christ is born
Light of the world, leading us home
Shepherd of Hearts, come for His own
Matt Hammitt, Chris Rohman, Mark Graalman, Jake Rye, Seth Huff
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On November 3, 2015, the Taurid meteor shower and the Northern Lights were possibly going to be visible in our skies. So at 10:00 at night (when I’m usually already in bed), Steve and I (and Muffin) drove out into the countryside in hopes of seeing them. We immediately saw some falling stars which is always fun. But I had never seen the Northern Lights so I was really hoping to see them, and felt somewhat disappointed as time crept by without a sighting. Then suddenly the brightest falling star came coursing through the sky with a blazing tail…and it seemed that it came down right in front of us. It was spectacular! I did see a couple of moments of the Northern Lights but they were without color and brief. All was amazing and we were praising God!
As we drove home, and even into the next day, neither of us could get our minds off of the meteor that had seemed to put on a show just for us. Yes, it died out which was disappointing but expected. But it caused me to think of The Light of the world, which will never die out.
His name is Jesus the Messiah, Emmanuel.
Leaving Nazareth, He (Jesus) went and lived in Capernaum,
which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali
—to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:13-16 (Isaiah 9:1-2)
Jesus spoke to them, saying,
“I am the Light of the world.
Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The true Light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
John 1:4 and 9
As the song says, “The world knows Christ is born.” People around the world celebrate Christmas because a special little baby was born. It’s a beautiful story that is retold over and over during this season. (Take time this season to read Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2). The sad thing is that many people only see Jesus as that baby; they don’t see Him as The Light of the world. They don’t see that He came as Emmanuel—God with us.
When the bright lights of the Christmas decorations are taken down, the world will seem dark again. As Isaiah said, there are “…those living in the land of the shadow of death.” For many this glimpse of Jesus will fade as well, and they will go on searching in the dark. People everywhere are looking for peace, grace, hope, and life, just as the wise men were looking. The good news is “a light has dawned!” During this season we have the opportunity to share Jesus, the True Light, with those around us who are looking for more than a month of celebration.
God loved the world (all of us) so much that He sent Jesus to light our way to Him (John 3:16-17). And Jesus willingly came in obedience to His Father, knowing it was the only way to bring redemption to us, His creation. Jesus said that He is that Light, and just as sunlight brings natural life to us, His Light brings spiritual life to us.
During this Christmas season, take the time to bask in Jesus, The True Light. He is God’s love and life extended to you. Take advantage of this time of year when so many are celebrating, to share the Good News that there is one light that will not be turned off or fade away. His Name is Jesus. He is not just a baby—He is the Savior of the world. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
If you personally are just learning about this truth, I pray that you will realize and accept that “the King of love has come,” and He, Jesus, wants to shine into your life and make your heart His throne.
God became a man…that washed away our sins so we could be born again.
The True Light of the world is shining and will never fade away. Let Him shine into your life, and then share His Light with all around you.
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Dear Jesus, thank You for coming just as You promised. As the song says Your love would not, could not, and will not be silent. We are overwhelmed with the realization that You, our Great God and Creator, want to shine into our lives and lead us home to be with You eternally. We pray for those who have not yet made their heart Your Throne. May this be the time that they accept You, not just as the Christmas baby but as their Savior. Please help us to be faithful to share You, The True Light, when we have the opportunity. Shine, Jesus, shine in and through our lives! In the precious Name of Jesus, Light of the world, we pray, Amen.
(For confirmation that this was God’s promised plan,
click here to read 44 of the Old Testament prophecies
about the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled.)