Christmas is the celebration of the coming of the Savior of the world! It has been celebrated for centuries, since the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. The birth of The Promised One was prophesied by many seers, hundreds of years before His coming! Isaiah 9:6 is one of the more familiar passages of scripture concerning the birth of Messiah:
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
December 25, A.D. 336, is the first recorded celebration of Christmas. No one knows for sure on what day Christ was born, but those of us who believe, and follow His teaching, know in our hearts when we were “born again” and adopted into the family of God.
This year Chanukah, The Festival of Lights, begins December 24, on Christmas Eve. This is a beautiful time and fitting, to celebrate together the love and faithfulness of our God, the giver of Light! A time to reflect and read again of the miracles God performed, reaching down to earth from heaven to touch the hearts of men and shine His light on a sin darkened world. Christmas is a time for miracles, the greatest miracle being the everlasting love of the Father for His children. He gave the gift of His Son, the promised Messiah. This wondrous gift ends our separation from Him, forever. (John 3:16)
And yet, over two millenniums later, many still walk in great darkness, searching, looking for light and purpose, seeking answers for the questions of life. Scrolling through my “newsfeed,” I read pleas for prayers, stories of deep darkness, terror, confusion and fear. Once again, I’m reminded of the promise concerning The Prince of Peace. Over 700 years before Jesus birth, Isaiah said, “In Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)
Light illuminates darkness, making clear another, better path to walk. Light gives sight to the spiritually blind and offers freedom from the prison of darkness. John tells us that Jesus spoke to people and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the Light that leads to life.” (John 8:12) In 1998, J. R. Smith, a poet and musician wrote, “Once upon a time…not so very long ago…I was traveling down a long and wearisome road. At times…in the clear still darkness… I could almost see into the very heart of the night…and it made me weep. Behold…the fear of The Lord!… I had read somewhere. Slowly…painfully…something drew me to a child! Was it fate…or something more…that gave me sight…one wintry night?”
The Prince of Peace has come! We can walk out of the darkness and into His light, one step at a time. His promise is everlasting life and joy, even in the midst of sorrow. He said we can have His peace, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
Christmas is a time to rekindle hope and faith! It is a time to allow God to renew our minds and shine His light on those dark difficult challenging places in our lives. Reach for the hand of The One who has promised to guide us in right paths. He will teach us His ways; leading us to still waters where we will find peace. The Light of the World is our Savior and promised Messiah, Jesus.
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. ( John 1:1-4)
Light of the World, fill our hearts with your bright goodness and lead us in the way everlasting!
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