Christmas Lights

Every year we take at least one evening to drive around looking at the Christmas lights that are displayed on homes and businesses.  There is a lot of work and a lot of expense that goes into these beautiful decorations and we do enjoy them.  The colorful lights also serve as a wonderful symbol of the the work of God in the world.

I.  The Word Became Flesh:  John 1:1-5,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

I have many favorite verses in the scriptures.  This passage is one of them.

When we celebrate Christmas it is more than just a story.  It is a proclamation of our belief that God came into the world and became a human being.  Jesus was not just a prophet, a good man, or a teacher. He was God incarnate.

Through Jesus, God revealed Himself to the world.  “The Light shines in the darkness.”  Unfortunately, most of the world did not comprehend it.

II.  Drawn to the Light:  John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

There are two responses to the light of Christ.  Some reject the light and move deeper into darkness.  Some are drawn to the light.  This is an individual response to the grace of God offered in Jesus Christ.  John 3:16 is the most well known scripture in the world.  It is the gospel in a single sentence.  Yet not all believe in the Son of God.

III.  You Are the Light of the World:  Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

As Christians, we believe that God has given us of His Spirit.  It is the Spirit of God that dwells in our hearts that makes us the light of the world.  “People are drawn to Christians, and then to Christ.”  This is something I was once told by a young minister and I was quite offended by the statement at the time.  I thought that it meant that, as Christians, we should seek to be popular.  Now, many years later, I understand that what was meant by the statement is that people are drawn to the Christ that they see in us.  Our lives should be different.  The Spirit of God should make a difference in our lives that people are able to see.  Our words, deeds and attitudes should be different because of Jesus Christ.

Christmas lights shine in the darkness, lighting up the winter nights.  The light of Christ should shine through the lives of His followers, offering hope to those who dwell in darkness.

These are the sermon notes from 12/21/14.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

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