Now that we have moved beyond Thanksgiving I guess we can start talking about Christmas. Yesterday the fall decorations were packed away and taken back into the attic until next year. Soon, maybe even today, the holiday decorations will be brought down and our Christmas season will officially get underway.
That means I can begin writing Christmas themed post, and to start off this season of festivity and light, I want to write about darkness. But I won’t be leaving you in the dark. There is much to say about light as well.
The people walking in darkness…
People walking in darkness are all around us. You may be one of them. If you are human you either are walking in darkness, or have walked in darkness. That is just the way it is. Everyone is infected with this thing called sin (Romans 3:23). Sin is a dark rebellion against God. This darkness separates us from God who is pure light (1 John 1:5). On our own, we cannot escape the darkness of sin.
But God provided a way out of the darkness.
…have seen a great light
The gift that God gives us, not only at Christmas but at all times, is light.
The light He gives is seen by all, but not all respond to the light. Many ignore it. Others, believe it or not, prefer to live in darkness, and even love it (John 3:19).
The good news is, we don’t have to live in darkness. We can come into the light. This light that God gives is Jesus (John 8:12; John 12:46).
Come into the light
This is what Christmas is about. God’s love for all people, including those who walk in darkness, is so great that He has provided a way for us to walk in the light. It is at this time of year, the dark winter month of December, that we have chosen to celebrate the Light of the world.
Christmas is the giving of God’s greatest gift to us. His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life. The Son of God was sent into the world, not to judge it. He was sent to save the world by paying the penalty for sin.
If anyone is judged, it is those who do not believe in him. Their judgement has already taken place for not accepting God’s gift of Jesus Christ. It is a judgment based on the fact that God’s light came into the world, but unbelieving people loved the darkness more than the light. Rather than confess their sin, they hide in the dark in an attempt to hide their sin.
Those who want their sins forgiven, and the slate wiped clean, comes to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
The quote above is my paraphrase of John 3:16-21.
It’s up to you now
Now that I have brought you this far and told you these things you have a decision to make. You can choose to believe me and come into the light. Or you can reject what I have written and continue on your dark journey. No one will try to force you one way or the other, but I hope you choose light.
There is no better Christmas present you could receive than the gift from God of his own Son and the forgiveness of sin. It is gift that cost Jesus his life. Yet, because Jesus is Immanuel, God with Us (Isaiah 7:14) he rose from the grave defeating sin and death, and giving those who believe on Him eternal life.
Wow! What an incredible gift. Merry Christmas!
If you do choose to walk in the light you might wonder what to do next. What does it take to leave darkness and walk in the light? Simply this.
- Admit that you are a sinner and you need the Savior (Romans 10:9-10).
- Be willing to turn from your sins (repent), and ask God to forgive you (1 John 1:9).
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave (1 Peter 2:24).
- Invite Jesus Christ to come in and control you life through the Holy Spirit (Romans 10:13).
Here is a prayer you can pray to receive Christ. Put it in your own words if you like and let it come from your own heart:
Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner. I want to turn from my sins, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe He died for my sins and that You raised Him to life. I want Him to come into my heart and to take control of my life. I want to trust Jesus as my Saviour and follow Him as my Lord from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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