Jesus, the Light of the World
No matter where you turn in God's Word, you’ll find that Christmas is about
light, for Jesus is the Light of the world. We love to sing "Silent Night, Holy
Night," but this great carol is not about night or darkness. It's about light. “Son
of God, love's pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of
We sing at Christmas because we have something to sing about. Light has come
into the world. We need never walk in darkness again. John 1:1-5, 9 explains
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through
Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and
the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the
darkness comprehended it not…. That was the true Light which gives light to
every man coming into the world. (John 1:1-5, 9)
Light is a wonderful picture of the Lord Jesus
Jesus is the pure light.
When the Bible calls Jesus the "Light of the world," it's a reminder of His
sinless, stainless purity. Jesus exposed sin but was never contaminated by sin.
He was "in the world" (John 1:10), but not of the world. Jesus did not have His
origin here. His birth in Bethlehem was not His beginning. In eternity past, God
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit always were. There was never a time when
“God in three Persons, Blessed Trinity…” did not exist. He has no beginning or
Because Jesus was not of this world, He is pure, incorruptible, the "true Light"
(John 1:9) of Heaven.
Jesus is the constant light.
In the natural world, the speed of light is a constant. Albert Einstein said the
reason he was able to construct his famous Theory of Relativity was because
there is one thing in the world that is constant—the speed of light. Everything
else is relative.
Jesus is our constant in the spiritual realm: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is unchangeable.
Jesus is the source of light.
The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of
SYNDICATED Version of “The Light of Christmas” for November 8, 2020
Condensed from #1895
God illuminated it. The Lamb [the Lord Jesus Christ] is its light. (Revelation
21:23, added for clarity)
In the Holy City, Jesus will be our source of light. We will bask in the rays of His
Jesus is the vital light.
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
Light and life are inextricably interwoven. You cannot have life without light.
When God brought order out of chaos in Genesis 1:1-2, He said, “Let there be
light.” Life itself is built on sunlight.
In Bethlehem Jesus came to give us life. The light of the Gospel produced life
where before there was only death. Everywhere Jesus went during His earthly
ministry, He brought life. (John 10:10)
Let Jesus bring His light and life into your Christmas.
Praise God for the changeless, constant light of Jesus Christ! No matter how
dark your world may seem, the glorious light of the Son of God will bring it
back to life when He shines in your heart.
Light and life went out of Adam's race when Man sinned in the Garden of Eden.
But when we make Jesus—the Light of the world—our Lord and Savior, the One
who entered time and space in Bethlehem comes in, turns on the light, and life
begins for us. He gives eternal life.