In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 1:4 NIV
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people living in darkness have seen a great light on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4: 15-16 NIV (ref. Isaiah 9)
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:16-17 NIV
it literally keeps us from stumbling in the darkness. Have you ever been in a cave? It’s the darkest place I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t see my hand right in front of my eyes. Then the guide lit a candle. A little light. It forced the darkness back and we could see.
The Bible refers to Jesus as the true light who gives light and life. Jesus did give life to three people who had died—the widow’s son, Jairus’ daughter, and Lazarus. And he shed light on the law of Moses giving his followers new insight.
But his true light was not welcome by everyone. When he exposed the hypocrisy of the religious leaders, they crucified him.
light reveals what is otherwise hidden. I know I shy away from the light when it reveals my sin. Yet, Jesus’ light is purposeful. By revealing our sinful hearts, thoughts, behaviors, Jesus sheds light on the reason we need a Savior. But rather than condemning us, out of love Jesus stepped forward and took the punishment we deserved.
Jesus still gives light and life! We celebrate his birth on Christmas Day.