In six days from today it will be Christmas Eve.
So many Christmas lights are shining in windows, on houses, on trees, in luminaries, in store fronts and on lamp posts…and, oh! in so many other creative places—from earrings and belt buckles, to necklaces and sweaters and sneakers. The lights of the season decorate our surroundings…they are beautiful and bright, and they bring an unnatural sparkle to the shorter and darker days of winter. I love looking at these Christmas lights; they make me smile and want to walk…skip…and dance around a little bit in their glow.
These Christmas lights will be eventually taken down and put away until next season. They add temporary sparkle to our lives. But that’s all they can do…that’s the fullness of their purpose.
Not so with our Messiah Jesus Christ! He has come to bring His True Light to all peoples of this world. Messiah Jesus is the Eternal Light of God’s love and He has come to illuminate the gift of salvation and forgiveness that is offered to all of us whose lives are shortened and darkened by the reality of sin and our eventual death.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned!
Jesus spoke again to the people and said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Our Holy God—our Messiah Jesus is our light…our hope…our very life! When we receive His True Light of Salvation, darkness flees and death loses its grip on our lives. We will walk…skip…and dance as His people as we are kept in the presence of His True Light…for all eternity!
So, let’s all Count Down…and Calm Down…and Consider Jesus…in this season and in every season of our lives!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane