“This time of the year when a veil of darkness is pulled back”…, are the words I recall written in a note at the base of a Christmas card. Christmas is Light; trees are adorned, homes outlined in strands of lights, window candles, luminara line the sidewalks to festive events and business districts are flooded in windows blinking, blazing and trailing lights, asserting for our attention.
“Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
God choose star light to appear to the wise men and lead them to the place the Christ child lay. Jesus calls himself the Bright Morning Star in Revelation 22:16 and the Light of the World in John.¹ Throughout the bible the substance of light is used to reference God’s presence, salvation and revelation.²
Many children fear the dark. When my friend inquired of my daughter “What is in the dark” that she feared, she did not have an answer. Even artificial light has the ability to comfort us and darkness can remind us of the unknown. Many are familiar with the scripture John 3:16 that tells of God’s Love and his offer of salvation but we miss the verse that follows:
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. John 3:18-20
May your Christmas, your heart and your burdens be LIGHT.