Christmas Light

 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…” (Isaiah 9:6)

As we pause to spend time with our families and friends again this Christmas, let’s be sure to make room in our hearts for the most important person of all—Jesus.  For all the celebrating that goes on in His name, isn’t it sad that He is excluded by so many during this widely anticipated (and conveniently renamed) “holiday season”?  This is an unfortunate reality that stems from the blindness and hardness of human hearts.  And it’s not a recent development; people are much the same as they were some 2000 years ago when the Apostle John wrote: “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood” (John 1:5).  It’s all too obvious that this “darkness” is still present, but the Light of Jesus also continues to shine for the benefit of those who are being saved and who “are being transformed into his likeness” (2 Cor. 3:18).

Our prayer for CPC is that we would be more deliberate than ever in our pursuit of God’s Light.  May we draw inspiration from the Magi who relentlessly followed Bethlehem’s star just for an opportunity to worship at Jesus’ tiny feet.  They understood that He was more than just a baby and so they presented Him with the best gifts they could offer.  Jesus truly is “the light of the world” and if we, too, will offer our best—our lives—we will “never walk in darkness” and we will have “the light of life” (John 8:12).  What an awesome gift… and it’s within the grasp of anyone who has “eyes to see” and “ears to hear” God’s invitation to receive it!

More light than we can learn,
More wealth than we can treasure,
More love than we can earn,
More peace than we can measure,
Because one Child is born.
—unknown

May God richly bless you with the light of His presence this Christmas, and may the strength of Immanuel uphold you and be your guide in 2012.

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