As we approach another Christmas season we are confronted afresh with the One at the heart of the story, the Person at the centre of the story of Christmas. His name is Jesus.
Six hundred and fifty years before his birth, Isaiah the prophet spoke these words, ‘the people who have walked in darkness have now seen the great light, and for those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine’. (Isaiah 9:2). When He came to planet earth Jesus echoed the very heart of those words that the prophet spoke. He said categorically and without equivocation, ‘I am the light of the world. He who believes in me and comes after me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
These two Bible verses reveal a number of things to us. The first one tells us about the state of the world; that the world we live in is full of darkness, totally devoid of light. We can conclude by extension and application that it is a world filled with evil. Secondly, if it is a world that is devoid of light, it follows that it is a world in desperate need of light. Why is it a world in darkness? It is so because the Bible says the world is full of sin. So what is the answer?
Light is God’s answer to darkness and Jesus is light personified. This is the third thing we learn from these two verses. Jesus makes an amazing and forthright declaration,calling Himself the light of the world. For light, read truth. So Jesus presents Himself as the one who has come to dispel the darkness of lies, of wrongs and of every manifestation andvestige of sin.
The message of Christmas therefore is that God’s light has come into the world in the person of His Son Jesus. The world that is filled with darkness can experience the wonderful light of His only Begotten Son. At an individual level a response is required. The options are available. One is to proudly reject the Light that is Jesus; the other is to accept. The first option is the route of pride, the end of which is destruction; whilst the second response is one of humility and faith. It is anacceptance that your life is filled of darkness, and embracing Jesus is to receive the Light of God which is the Light of life.Jesus is God’s light to the world and to you personally. What is your response?
If your response is yes, then you can openly and honestly pray this prayer.
‘God in heaven, I acknowledge that I am sinner and deserve to be punished for all the wrongs I have done. I am truly sorry. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to this world. I believe He lived, died and rose again for my sins. I repent of all past sins and ask you to forgive me because Jesus. I confess and ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Saviour and Lord. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me to obey you and lead me to follow you all the days of my life. Thank you God for giving me eternal life through your Son Jesus. Amen!
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Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2014©
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