The celebration of Christmas is often accompanied by decorating with lights. There is something extraordinarily comforting about the way the Christmas lights glow and dispel the night darkness. God created our soul to be drawn to light. Light evokes feelings of hope, joy and peace. Christ’s birth is described as a “great” light: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9:2‬)

We live in a world that has plunged into the deep darkness of sin. The news on the television is rarely good. Evil is a great source of revenue. Lives are expendable if they are inconvenient. It doesn’t matter what your age, occupation, socioeconomic status, race, gender or nationality is—the struggle against darkness is a daily reality. Maybe we’re engaged in a war of nations; or, sadly, maybe a war against our brother. In fact, even when we love—we still often hurt each other. The darkness is powerful. We are not the light.

We need light.

Christ is The Light. He shines His light into the darkness and illuminates hope in the hearts of those who seek Him. When He lives inside us, we possess the hope of Christ’s light. We shine the light of His love. The celebration of the birth of Christ reminds us of the rich hope He gives us. The gift of Himself to us exceeds any gift we will ever receive. He is better than earthly fortune, lofty position, the most rewarding friendships or the purest human love. He is our surest hope because He never changes and He loves us more than we love ourselves. When we seek Him and love Him with all our heart—we discover a hope that will never disappoint us!


From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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