Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Meditation

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

John 1:9-13

1) Jesus is the true light.
ESV John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

a) In the context John is not the light. John is the last and greatest of the prophets sent to Israel, but even then—He is not the light.
b) Jesus is the light because He is God and displays God’s glory.
c) Jesus is the light because of how he brings forgiveness of sins. Light and darkness are metaphors for righteousness/holiness and sin/wickedness.

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

d) Coming light is often a picture of God’s glory and God’s salvation coming.

Isaiah 42:16
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Isaiah 51:4 "Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.

Isaiah 60:1-5 ESV Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. 3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. 4 Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. 5 Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

2) Jesus brings light to every man.
ESV John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

3) Jesus came into the world.
ESV John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

4) Jesus offers light to whoever will believe in Him.
a) Jesus frees us from our darkness.
John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 12:46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

b) Only those who believe in Jesus are God’s children.
ESV John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

John 1:12-13 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

At our church we have a Christmas Eve tradition of lighting candles before we close our service with a few Christmas carols. Why do we light candles on Christmas Eve?

The lighting of the candles should be a simple physical reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.

In Jesus, we can see what our sin looks like. In Jesus, we can repent of our sins and grasp Him by faith.

You have moved out of the darkness of your sin and into the marvelous light only because Jesus came into this world as a little baby to be the light. He came so that you might have light and eternal life.

His birth ultimately points us to cross where He accomplishes our redemption.


MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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