Jesus the True Light of Christmas
God himself showed in Jesus Christ who is our true God, life and light. He is the true light of Christmas. We see Christmas lights everywhere in the cold, dark and bleak winter nights. The Apostle John in his Gospel the first chapter gives us a description of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the true God
Jesus is the beginning and the end. Jesus did not have his beginning in a manger in a stable near Bethlehem. Jesus became God in human flesh. Jesus took on a real human body – all man yet all God. Jesus is the only true God-man who ever lived. In Jesus God stepped out of heaven to communicate His plan of salvation. Jesus became one of us to communicate in our language and tell us of God’s love. Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the eternal Son of God. For you to know Jesus is for you to know God. Jesus claimed that He and God the Father were equal.
Jesus is the true Life
At the time of Christ’s birth the Roman government was experiencing unprecedented prosperity, but the Roman officials were living in moral darkness. The angel spoke to Joseph in Matthew 1:21 and told him the purpose of the birth and advent of Jesus. “You shall call his name Jesus, he shall save the people from their sins.” Jesus came to give life, eternal life to all who will believe and follow him.
Jesus is the True Light
The Scriptures teach that Jesus is the True Light that shines to every person. God creates every person with the potential to embrace spiritual light and truth. Spiritual light is there in every heart, but when you make the wilful choice to disobey and sin the light flickers. As a person rejects God’s truth the light grows dimmer and finally the person’s soul becomes dark and void. When a person allows the Light of Christ to shine in his or her heart the darkness of Satan and his fallen angels of doubt are cast out.
All of us have a similar calling as Christ followers: to witness and testify that Jesus is the life and light. Jesus challenged his disciples and each of us to not hide the light of the good news of Jesus under cover, don’t be a secret Christian, let the light of Christ shine through your life.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah who would give Life and Light: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonder Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, prince of Peace.”