Imagine night shift on a quiet hillside tending sheep! Day after day, night after night might take on the resemblance of being in a “rut.” Maybe ho hum, maybe boring, maybe sometimes a little frightening fighting off wild animals. Now imagine suddenly the quietness breaks when out of nowhere an angel appears radiant in God’s glorious light to announce news of a Savior’s birth. Surround sound and real life media follow as God Himself illuminates the sky with a multitude of angels, singing and praising God!
A night of the same old , same old, transformed into majestic celebration. The lowly shepherds were given a sign that the Light of the World had come. God broke through their darkness with light and brought Hope. Have you life without meaning? Frightened, Feeling lost, bored, in a rut? God sent The Savior, the Light of The World just to light your dark path and bring you into life everlasting. Trust Him! Let Him light your way. Let Him illuminate your life.
” And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be to all people.”
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” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Scripture defies the darkness and it’s pages exude references to the radiance of Christ, the Light of the World. John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
During the Festival of Shelters, sixteen golden bowls were filled with oil and lit. Jesus stood beneath them in the inner courts of the temple, in a section known as the Treasury, John 8:20 and said that He was now the source of the Light.
The Light of Jesus brings salvation, not just to Israel, but to us, the world, regardless of who we are, race or location. As Christ Ones abiding in His words, in obedience to His perspective and guidance we will not only walk in His beautiful light, we ‘become’ as light reflecting the radiance of Christ in our character. Phil 2:14,15.
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves a point-blank question. Is our light shining? Is it radiantly obvious in our actions? In our behaviours? In our countenance? Is it shining forth to light up the dark corners for others or do the batteries weaken somewhat as life happens and takes us with it? Yeah, maybe we need to recharge before the God of our salvation and the Christ who stood under the sixteen golden bowls of oil lighting the temple and point-blank stated in John 8:12, “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.” NLT Study Bible.
Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining and arguing. So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives, as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
The truth that God loved the world is basic to Christian understanding, and the basis for our salvation (1John 4: 9,10). Most of us have some kind of an idea of a God of love, somewhere out there, yet we choose to ignore the thought. It’s time to face it, acknowledge it and see it for what it really is. It’s unconditional and the vastness of His love has no limit, no boundary and no prerequisite. We can’t earn it, buy it or work for it. It extends beyond all race and nation and yes, even to those who oppose Him. Take a closer look.. Contrary to what unbelievers think, God’s Son came to save those who embrace the darkness, not “condemn” them to judgment. When we live in spiritual darkness we have no desire to come into the enlightenment of Christ but if we see His light of Truth and truly recognize the tragedy of our own situation, we do have a responsibility to believe. Glorious reality check here! Think about it and bask in the hope of it! There will be no judgment for the one who comes into the light of the knowledge of Christ and accepts God’s plan of salvation for his/her life. When you meet Him at the Cross, you are freed from the condemnation and the bondage of your sin and the chains that bind you.
John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” Have you been delivered from your sin? If not? Why not? Deliverance and forgiveness brings deliverance from the penalty and the condemnation and judgment of sin. Christ didn’t come to condemn you but to save you! If you’ve received His salvation, then, my friend, you are free indeed.
Oh the sweetness of it…….
The world is in a dark state now with fear and apprehension hanging on much like a fog relentless to lift. We can’t believe the stuff happening around us and we’re quick to talk of the evil and how rampant it’s becoming in our world.
Remember the world has always been in a sinful state! Evil has always been rampant. Christ was born into this wretchedness where a ruthless and jealous King Herod ordered all baby boys to their death to stamp out the threat of the new “baby” boy child, the King; Jealousy kills, doesn’t it? The Christ Child posed a threat to an evil King controlled by jealousy.
Yeah, you and I, we’re sinful creatures by nature. Born into sin..Those that do not have a saving knowledge of the Lord as their Savior are controlled by their sinful natures where darkness rules! When darkness rules, others are affected and innocent ones suffer the consequences. Let’s remember, We are not an island..What “we” do affects others..It’s not just the shooter or the one that plays out the bombing that’s at fault here in this tumultuous world of ours, but it’s ‘us’ as well….in the choices we make and the things we do and in the behaviors and actions that we take on.
Enter the majestic Star of Bethlehem, the Christ child who was born as the Light Of the World! Born to bring the light of hope and glory into evil. He’s the Savior and the only one that can make a difference in your heart or mine…So…even in the darkness, His love shines the light of Hope into our bleakness and into our dark days and although the sadness doesn’t leave and the mourning doesn’t stop…the joy comes in the morning and it comes to our hearts and it comes to our homes when we know Him and His saving grace in a personal way!! He sees us through the difficult times as sketchy as they are.
Although God doesn’t order or cause the hideous world events, the enemy of sin always carries it’s natural consequences!consequences that can be harsh and brutal, because sin destroys!! These terrible happenings, should be our wake up call and get our attention long enough to shake us from the sleepy slumber of passive complacency…and our “Who cares? I’ll live like I want attitude”…
Beautiful soul, Instead of asking, “Why does God allow such terrible happenings?” Let’s rather ask ourselves, “What will it take to give us a desire for personal change and wake ‘us’ up and move us out into a needy world as mighty warriors for the King of Kings leaving behind our selfish ways?
It’s just something to think about at this reflective, Advent season.
And so we ask it one more time, “What will it take?” ~k
Matthew 5: 14, 16
“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.