As a tree searches for light to empower its machine, so too must we also be searchers of light. Searching for the light of truth; if you would open your eyes, heart and mind to receive God’s truth, you would see real light and receive real living water.
Light is intended for seeing and guidance; we all need it. A Christian is to search, absorb its warmth and truth, and then spread it to others. Our world wants to stop Christians from talking, but we can’t stop. We are to respond in love and gentleness with the mercy and grace we have received. The world is hurting and we Christians, who know of the love of Jesus, need to share that love because we care for others, even those who hate us. We Christians are commissioned to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for Christ is the light to the world. His Light becomes our Light, so we find Jesus saying:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)
It is not “earth-shattering” news that many don’t believe in the Bible; and even more, though professing belief in God, that don’t believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah. However, there has never been a book to hold up to scholarly scrutiny for over 2,000 years and still remains as solid truth as the Bible. Today, as I write, the world has celebrated Christmas and many are celebrating Hanukkah for 8 days, both are called Festivals of Lights. They both celebrate God’s miracles and salvation.
165 years before the birth of Jesus, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the Temple oil (there was only enough for one day at this time of Temple restoration) actually lasting 8 days; we Christians know Jesus the Christ to be the Light of the world, a Light that cannot be extinguished. How many people know that some 800 years before Christ’s birth, that it was all prophesied exactly as it happened, in the 7th and 9th chapters of the Book of Isaiah? This account of the coming Messiah is not taught to our Jewish friends, so many still look for the Messiah.
But more to the point of Jesus being THE Light of the world, the world is filled with the darkness of evil, a darkness full of greed, a darkness wishing to control others. The birth of the Christ Child is about the light of salvation, light showing us how to live together and please God by seeking relationship. It is not about the darkness of control, power, and greediness. Where the world separates peoples, Christ unifies all who believe in Him into the one family of God. Which will you chose…the world or Christ Jesus?