As I write this, Hanukkah has begun. The Jewish Festival of Lights is underway around the world. Hanukkah lamps are everywhere. It was in a similar celebration in Jerusalem that Jesus stood and cried out, “I am the Light of the World.”
The Advent candles used in homes and by churches on Advent Sundays build the anticipation of the coming of Christmas. Light has come.
The Christmas lights are strung around our homes and Christmas trees, shrubbery and thanks to the invention of LED lights, even inside a few cars and trucks I’ve seen! What is Christmas without light?
And who better to call us to be light to the world than Jesus. This is one of those interesting places where Jesus calls Himself something, and then calls us the same thing. He never says, “You are the Bread of Life,” or “You are the Gate to the sheepfold,” or “You are the great Shepherd.”
But He does say “you are the light of the world.” You. Me. We reflect a light given us in Jesus. We are not to hide it, or be ashamed of it. It is His glory “rubbing off” on us. He said, “No one lights a candle and puts it under a basket.” That would be like taking two days to untangle your mile and a half of lights, painstakingly putting them up… and then never turning them on!
We are to “let it shine.” He came that we might KNOW light, and that we might SHOW light. And there’s no better time to let your light shine than Christmas. So as you travel your path to Christmas this year…
…light the way to Jesus.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them the light has shone. Isaiah 9:2
God of Light, Lord of Glory, to You alone does all the praise belong. We are people who once walked in darkness but now, because You have sent the Light of the world in Jesus, we walk in great light. May we truly reflect that Light who came into the world for a world still living in the darkness of sin and lostness. May our light never be hid from their view. Through our Savior we pray, Amen.