Meditation on the Incarnation: Light Bright

Christmas is about light, bright light!  Consider the following:

“Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Lk. 1:78, 79).

“And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened” (Lk. 2:9).

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him” (Mt. 2:2)?

“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (Jn. 1:4,5).

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14). 

Tonight we will light the fourth candle of advent (we tweak the custom due to the little-kid season).  The first candle is called Promise.  It reminds us that all the prophecies related to the Messiah and salvation are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  The second candle is called Light.  It reminds us of the star the Magi from the East followed.  The third candle is called Love.  It reminds us that God is love, and that love was indeed a primary motivation in His sending His one and only Son.  Tonight we will light our fourth candle.  It is called Hope.  It reminds us to continue to trust in the promises of God.  On Christmas Day we will light the center candle.  It is called The Light of the World.  It will serve to remind us of Jesus–the Lord and Savior. 

Christmas is about light, bright light!  Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by the lesser lights around you this weekend.  Strive to make your celebration about The Light of the World!

If you have thirty minutes to spare, this sermon from John Piper will help you to maintain your focus:  http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/the-child-to-be-born-will-be-called-holythe-son-of-god

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