Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 24 - 25 Days of Christmas...Light of the World

Matthew 5: 14-16
" You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
John 1: 1-18
"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 was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)  And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known." 
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas Eve service is the lighting of the Candles and singing Silent Night. Last night as we were singing it, these scriptures came to mind. Jesus came to be that light. He came to save us, to redeem us. However, He didn't just come so that we would live the same. He called us to be different. He also called us to be a light. As these scriptures point out, if we truly live has a light the world will come to know Him. As we celebrate tomorrow the birth of our Savior, let's give the glory to God and remember to be children of light.  - Hope you all have a Merry Christmas

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