“Mom, without the sun, there’s no color in the world. Imagine living always in the black of night!” my tween says, glancing up from his astronomy book. I smile and wait – knowing there is always more. “Imagine having to play with Legos without color! How boring would that be?” he looks at me incredulously.
And my smile grows as I answer, “God is good to give us the sun, and the light, and the colors! But many people still live in the dark.” His eyes swell tears as he swallows back the pain. And so we talk about the God who spoke light into the darkness and created all we see.
Trying to imagine we live in the dark of night, without any light, we close our eyes. It is not as dark as before creation. We still have memories and images, reminders of light, streaming through our minds. Those who are without faith in Jesus Christ are blind, can’t see, are unable to recognize the colors of mercy and grace, of joy and hope. of forgiveness and love. Only Christ opens their eyes and is the Light they need to be given restored vision and understanding.
This Christmas, as we string multi-color lights on the tree and hang pretty ornaments, may we remember that Jesus is the Light of the World. We are celebrating the One who comes as the Light in our darkest night. Christ, the Living Word, speaks life to the dead. He fills the eyes of our heart with His Light so that we can see the goodness and kindness of God. And as people who are in Christ, we, who were once blind, now have the privilege of carrying the Light of the world to others!
“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5, NASB)
“But as many received Him (Christ), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor or the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. ” (John 1:12-13)
For more reading on Jesus, I encourage you to read the entire book of John. Jesus. May He be the LIght of your life!