In six days from today it will be Christmas Eve.

There are so many Christmas lights shining in windows, on houses, on trees, in luminaries, in store fronts and on lamp posts. Christmas lights are showing up in some pretty creative and unusual places. In earrings and belt buckles, in necklaces and sweaters, in dresses and down pant legs, on baby strollers and car seats, on dog-leashes and bird-houses.

Beyond some of the other Christmas displays and decorations, and even beyond much of the commercialization of this season, it seems that the lights, more than almost every other adornment, are what fill our the world – our homes and surroundings – during this season. And they are beautiful and bright. They bring an unnatural sparkle and glow to the shorter and darker days of winter.

These Christmas lights will be eventually taken down and put away. They’ll be put out of sight until next season. These lights add some temporary sparkle to our lives. But that’s all they can do. That’s the fullness of their power and purpose. Not so with our Messiah Jesus Christ!

Consider Jesus. Jesus has come to bring His true light to all people. Jesus is the eternal light of God’s love, grace and truth. Jesus, our Messiah, has come to illuminate God’s gift of salvation and forgiveness that is offered to all of us whose lives are shortened and darkened by the reality of our sin and our eventual death.

Consider Jesus. Consider the inextinguishable, true light that He brings to our lives.

Consider Jesus. Consider the truth of our darkness and our need for His eternal light – for the light of His Word and the light of His ways as we walk through this life.

Consider Jesus. Consider the Father’s kingdom of light to which Jesus alone can bring us

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:2

“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

…giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us

from the dominion of darkness and brought us

into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:12-14

Our Holy God, our Messiah Jesus, is our light, our hope, our very life! When we receive the light of Christ’s salvation, darkness flees and death loses its grip on us. And we will walk as His rescued, redeemed and holy people in the Father’s kingdom of light for all eternity!

Let’s count down, calm down and consider Jesus in this season and every season of our lives!