“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” ~ Isaiah 9:2
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ~ John 1:1-5
“Jesus, light of the world / Shine in our hearts, show us the way tonight” ~ THIRD DAY, “Jesus, Light of the World”
One of my favorite things about this time of year is driving around looking at Christmas lights. At least once a year, I drag my family to Rock City or the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the lights done up right. But I also love driving around and seeing cute little light displays outside people’s homes. Or there’s always that one neighbor who goes just a little over the top and a little to the tacky side. I love it all.
And above us, the stars literally shine brighter this time of year. And I’m pretty sure they twinkle more too. When I walk my dogs at night I am literally tripping over things because I can’t stop looking up at the stars.
According to theologians, Jesus probably wasn’t really born this time of year. But I love that we celebrate it at this time anyway. It just feels right that our celebration of the birth of Jesus coincides with the longest night of the year. Just as we light up the darkest night with lights of all kinds, Jesus has lit up the darkness of the world with a heavenly light.
Most Christmas readings this time of year come from Luke 2. But I love that John 1 is often used as well. The lights of Christmas serve as a reminder that a Great Light has entered the world. The heavens above and the earth below are filled with the light of his love.
As you drive around looking at lights this year, or enjoying the lights on your tree, remember that they all point to Jesus, the life that was the life of all mankind. Jesus, Light of the World.