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John 1:1-14

The Light of the World

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John 1:1-14

The Light of the World

By Lois Parker Edstrom


Candles, a flashlight, picture of a lighthouse, a sunrise, a sunset.

Today we celebrate Christmas Day, the day our Savior, Jesus Christ was born. When we remember the Christmas story we think about how the shepherds in the field were visited by an angel and told about the birth of Jesus and “the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Luke 2:9).

And we remember how the wise men followed a star until they came to the place where Jesus was born. We get the idea that both the shepherds and the wise men saw a bright light. Today let’s talk about light. It comes from many sources. Can you name a few? Here are some ideas.

During the Christmas season we see light coming from advent candles.

If we need to find something that is in an unlighted space or if we walk outside after dark a flashlight is a good source of light.

We have electric lights in our home to light the space around our dining table or near the chair where we read.

A lighthouse is another source of light. It helps boats out on the water find their way and often marks the areas of rocks and danger.

Then, there is the beautiful natural light that comes from the sun. The sun gives us special gifts of light in the morning, at sunrise, and when we are getting ready to go to sleep, at sunset.

In the Bible we read about John the Baptist who told everyone that “The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world” (1:9). He was talking about Jesus.

Jesus is the most important, true source of our light. It is the kind of light that warms us from the inside and feels like love. The light that comes from Jesus helps us find our way and from it we learn how to honor God and how to treat others with love. This is a big idea – that Jesus would give us light that would light us on the inside and shine out so that others could see our love. Merry Christmas.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan