Friday, 07 December 2012 00:50

An Explosion of Christmas Light

Written by  Reverend Jay Wolf, First Baptist Montgomery
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It is a terrifying feeling. The storm is raging. The power is out. Your lights are off and your fear is on. But relief flies in when the lights return. Anxiety takes flight when your lights reignite!

 

Darkness represents the enemy. God’s first words in Genesis 1:3 defeated our perennial foe when the Father commanded, “Let there be LIGHT!” And there was an explosion of darkness-shattering light that God deemed “good.” Our Creator continued to reveal Himself and the ultimate expression of His illumination is His incarnation.  He loved us so much that He exchanged His robe of deity for a coat of humanity.

Christmas means that “the people who have been walking in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:2) The birth of Jesus Christ brought God’s light into our perishing world and His light came to reveal, liberate, illuminate, and grow His children into His image.

His light pierced my darkness. When I was a teenager, my family attended the funeral for a relative in Johnson City, Texas. The funeral home felt dark and ominous.  The black casket provided for me an overwhelming affirmation that we will all face the terrifying experience of dying. At that funeral I thought about my own mortality and wondered what might happen to me after death. I began pursuing some answers to life’s most basic questions like: where did we come from, why are we here and where do we go after death.  A friend encouraged me to read God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 explains, “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” The more I read of God’s Word, the more God’s light grew in my soul.  As I continued to read the Bible and seek a personal relationship with my Creator, Jesus eventually walked out of His living Word into my open heart!  The Bible calls the salvation transaction being “born again” because you are transferred from the kingdom of darkness and death into Christ’s kingdom of light and eternal life. Then you begin to learn how to walk with the Lord as “children of the light.”

Remember that darkness grows FEAR which stands for the devil’s deception of “False Expectations Appearing Real.” In contrast, the light grows FAITH, which stands for God’s truth of “ForsakingAll I Trust Him.”

God does not want you to languish in the darkness of ignorance, pollution, deceit and death! Your Creator invites you to leave the dangerous and deadly darkness and step into His life-giving light. Jesus came to shine a revealing light on the face of God through His incarnation. Jesus put on a robe of flesh so we could relate to Him. The Savior issues to you a personal invitation to come into His light when He declared, “I am the light of the world. He who walks after Me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Here is your assignment: Let every light from the Christmas tree decorations to the noonday sun remind you that Jesus is the light of the world and He invites you to follow Him. Additionally, King Jesus provides you with a permanent and joyous purpose by inviting you to share His mission, “You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

This Christmas season, and every day, decide to let the warm and inviting light of your character, communications, actions and reactions explode the shadows around you and provide a magnetic witness for those who want to step out of their darkness and into God’s life-giving light!

 

Dr. Jay Wolf has served as the Pastor of Montgomery’s First Baptist Church since 1991.  He and his wife, Mary Ruth, enjoy God’s blessings of four spectacular children who have acquired three delightful spouses and they have added two treasured grandchildren to the Wolfgang! Jay’s mission is to: Help People Follow Jesus!

 

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