Christmas Light, Part 4 – Shine
- God created light and it was good
- Everything else from creation stems from that moment
- Throughout the story of God light is a constant symbol of the presence and power of God
- The prophecies foretold about the coming of Jesus
- Christmas then is the dawning of LIGHT
“on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
- And this light brings JOY and a calls us to respond
- We are not just to observe the light, acknowledge the light, but WALK in the light
- So the question this morning is: What about YOUR light?
What do you do about all of this Christmas light?
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to
everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
- As they are listening, Jesus’ hearers would have known Light as symbolic of God Himself (2 Samuel 22:29, Psalm 18:28, Psalm 43:3, etc.).
- When Jesus proclaims “you are the light”, He commands His followers to be what He Himself claimed to be (John 8:12)
- In response to this proclamation, you ARE the Light, Jesus gives us only two choices in the Sermon on the Mount (verse 15):
- Shine ( “it gives light”)
- Cover your light (“put it under a bowl”) The implication is that, as believers, we have to actually work not to shine.
But the truth is this:
The greatest gift we can receive is His Light,
the greatest gift we can give is His Light.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8