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Light born in Darkness

The Son of God has come!

Many Christmas carols refer to the night Jesus was born: “Silent Night…Hark the herald angels sing…O Holy Night…Angels we have heard on high.” They point to the birth of Light in the midst of darkness. He is the message and meaning of Christmas.

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Hark the herald angels sing

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

God and sinners reconciled

Adam and Eve had perfect union with God in the Garden of Eden until they chose to disobey Him (Genesis 3). The rest of Scripture unfolds the story of everyone’s search for God.

The Son of God enters the story and changes the course of time. He makes a way for a renewed relationship between God and His creation.

Joyful nations

Jesus came for everyone, for all nations. God desires to have relationships with Kenyans, Chinese, Austrians, Americans, Brazilians, Israelis, and Iranians.

God places within people a desire to know truth and reality, a restless search not satisfied by wealth, position or any other means. Peace and joy is directly connected to knowing Jesus, Truth and Reality personified.

A newborn King

When Jesus hung on a cross, bearing the sinfulness of man and dying for humanity, a sign hung over him reading,

This is Jesus, King of the Jews.”

He was mocked by Jews and persecuted by Gentiles. The sign is true. He is the King sitting at the right hand of the Father, desiring to exercise kingship over your life.

An eternal gift

God gave the earth to man at creation, a beautiful gift. A. W. Tozer points out in The Pursuit of God, “Sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts of God a potential source of ruin to the soul.”

Gifts are given at Christmas as a reminder that God gave His Son. Sadly, some gifts exchanged during this Season sometimes damage the soul. Only the gift of Salvation brings Eternal joy.

The challenge

Crown Jesus the King of your heart. Do not allow unwholesome worldly practices to become associated with your life. The only meaningful gift you can receive is the gift of salvation through Jesus.

What kind of light has Jesus brought to your life? Share your comments below.

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