Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Advent Words Day 24 ~ Light

Day 24: Light

"The people walking in darkness

    have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness

    a light has dawned."

Isaiah 9:2

A light has dawned.

Long ago Isaiah prophesied that there would be a Messiah who would come and open the eyes of those living in darkness and bring them into the light. Those who are spiritually blind would be able to see. When the apostle John spoke of the incarnation in his gospel, he proclaimed:

“The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” John 1:9

John and the other gospel writers point to Jesus Christ as the one who is the light, the one who spiritually illuminates. Earlier in his gospel John had said that in Jesus was life and “that life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Jesus himself said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Light illuminates, it reveals. At my church we have a Christmas Eve service that ends in candlelight. The room is darkened as we sing Silent Night, slowly as the candles we are holding are lit, the room begins to brighten until it is fully shining by the end of the song. We who are Christ followers, “children of light” (1 Thessalonians 5:5), are also called to be light, to imitate Christ with our words and our deeds and reveal Christ to those around us.

“…let your light shone before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Light came into the world in the beginning when God spoke and said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). Light and life came into our lives with the incarnation of Christ, the light of the world. God’s presence is the everlasting light of the redeemed in heaven,

The city [the New Jerusalem] does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of gives it light. and the Lamb is its lamp.” Revelation 21:23

“Advent is not about pretending darkness is not real; it is about knowing that light always overcomes darkness (Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16) and that in the New Heavens and New Earth the light of Christ perpetually shines (Revelation 21:22ff). Advent reminds us that perfect love drives out all fear (1 John 4:18). Advent invites us to begin life anew by turning our backs on the darkness and welcoming the coming light, in hope, peace, love, and joy…we are a people who constantly look to the east in a hope-filled search for light. Advent shapes us into people of hope, love, joy, and peace. We look for the holy in the ordinary, we are in search of Emmanuel—God with us. We are followers of the Messiah who spoke light into the universe and then used the light of stars and angels to proclaim his presence in a manger.” Rev. Dr. Greg Mamula

Because the light of the world has dawned on us, we use candles to guide us through the four Sundays of Advent until we come to Christmas, when we light the Christ candle. Jesus is the light of the world!

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