During the Christmas season, who doesn’t enjoy looking at the lights? Many of us will drive all over town, maybe even drive an hour away, just to see the best Christmas lights! It has become a Christmas tradition of my husband and I, to choose one night to drive through several neighborhoods known for good light shows at Christmas. We love it! Sometimes we will see an especially good light show, so we will turn around and go back to see it again. There is something so beautiful and so exciting about Christmas lights. We look forward to seeing them each year. The Christmas lights make us feel happy. Personally, I prefer to look at other people’s houses all lit up, rather than do all the work of decorating my own house. I am so glad that someone else was willing to spend the hours of work to delight other people driving by. I appreciate it. By January, the lights will all be gone for another year. I dread the dark nights of winter in January and February.
We do have one light given to us as a gift, that we have all year. In John 1:9, it says about Jesus, “The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” We didn’t have to do any work for this light. God gave us the light, and the light brings us joy! The three kings, who came to see Jesus when He was born, had followed the light of a star. In Matthew 2:10 it says “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.” They were not full of joy over the star light, but of the Son of God, who shines with the glory of God. In John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Just as we are drawn to the lights and decorations of each Christmas season, we are also drawn to the “light of the world”. We all need a light in the dark, to show us the way.
Winter nights are cold and dark and not at all inviting. A world without Jesus would be the same. My life without Jesus would be dark and depressing, without hope. Let the Christmas lights cheer you up, but also let them remind you of the light that always shines in the darkness. If you don’t belong to Jesus, don’t let another cold, dark winter go by without giving your heart to Him, and asking Him to bring His light into your life. Without Jesus, Christmas is just lights and decorations. Jesus takes away the dark, and gives us joy, and hope, and love for all time. That is better than the best light show anyone could ever put up on their house.
May your Christmas be filled with light and love and joy! If you need prayers, use the comments section below. If you don’t want your prayer request to remain on this post,ask me to delete it. I will remove it after I read it. — Merry Christmas!