The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined (Isaiah 9:2, RSV).
Many items and themes symbolize Christmas, but perhaps none as much as light – the glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds (Luke 2:9), a bright star led the wise men to Jesus (Matthew 28:10), John declared Jesus as “the Light of mankind, a light that shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5) and we who believe in Jesus have become children of light (Ephesians 5:8).
Today, shining stars top our trees and sparkling lights adorn them, colorful lights embellish our homes, luminaries outline our drives, fragrant candles flicker on our mantles, warm light emanates from a welcoming blaze in the fireplace….
Ubiquitous light, yet pervasive darkness increases in our nation – darkness through evil, through relativity, through humanism, through fear. Whenever it gets dark, however, we turn on the lights! We’re like solar lights that soak up the Son-shine in the daytime to shine in the nighttime. We are Christmas luminaries shining year round, glowing from the inside out. We “are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see” (Matt. 5:14). The light shining through us is the life of the light of God “that shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:5, NLT).
This Christmas as we celebrate the light of the world, I am thankful for each of you who shine brightly as God’s beacons by sharing a timely word with our students, by praying for them, by standing for truth and righteousness, and by walking out our mission in the classroom.
May your Christmas radiate with the light of God’s love shining in your hearts, may the knowledge of Jesus the Christ continue to light the darkness for you and yours (2 Corinthians 4:6), and may your path glow brighter and brighter in 2016 (Proverbs 4:18).