Jesus, the Shining Light
“For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light.”
If there is one truth that leaps out at us from the pages of Scripture, it is this: Jesus came to be the Light of the world. Light came into this dark world when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Prophets heralded His birth long before He came. Look at just three of the godly men who testified to the light He would bring.
The prophet Isaiah, 700 years earlier, described the coming of the promised Messiah:
“The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)
Isaiah calls Jesus "a great ____________" who has shined on those who "walked in ________________." The prophet is referring to spiritual darkness, which also is great. But the darkness was no match for the light of God's Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just before Jesus’ birth, Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, also anticipated the coming of the Savior. In Luke 1:79, Zacharias prophesied in his great song of praise that Jesus would "give _____________to them that sit in _________________ and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Then just days after His birth, another Spirit-filled man of God, Simeon, pointed to the Light. As Joseph and Mary came to the temple to dedicate the infant Jesus, Simeon took the baby to bless Him. God revealed to Simeon the identity of the Child, and he rejoiced that God had sent "a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Read Simeon’s story in the second chapter of Luke:
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he Him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen ________ _______________________,
31 Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.
THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS
No matter where you turn in God's Word, you will find that Christmas is about light! We love to sing the Christmas carol, "Silent Night, Holy Night." But this great hymn is not about the night or about darkness. It's about the light. The third stanza says, "Son of God, / love's pure light / Radiant beams from Thy holy face, / with the dawn of redeeming grace."
Again, we sing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the last stanza inviting us to "Hail the heaven‑born Prince of Peace! / Hail the Son of righteousness! / Light and life to all He brings, / risen with healing in His wings."
We sing at Christmas because we have something to sing about! Light has come into the world, and we need never walk in darkness again.
In the first chapter of John we read:
1 In the beginning was the ________, and the Word was with God, and the Word _______ God. John 1:1
John tells us that Jesus was "in the ___________________ with God."
Read the next three verses, John1:2-4—
2 The same was in the beginning _______ God.
3 All things _______ ________ by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In Him was life; and the life was the _____________ of men.
- Jesus is the Creator God, without whom “was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:2-3).
- Jesus is the Eternal God. God cannot change. He declared through the prophet Malachi in Malachi 3:6, "I am the LORD, I ____________ not.” James 1:17 makes this wonderful statement: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
THE PURITY OF LIGHT
The Bible says that Jesus was "in the world" (John 1:10), but He was not of this world. That is, Jesus did not have His origin in the world. Think about this: His birth in Bethlehem was not the beginning of His life! He is the Lord of Heaven.
Because Jesus was not of this world, He is the pure, incorruptible Light. Jesus was the only Person who could look other people in the face and say, "Which of you convicts me of sin?" (John 8:46). The baby born in Bethlehem was the "true Light" (John 1:9), the pure light of heaven.
A CLOSER LOOK AT LIGHT
In the natural world, there is nothing as pure as light. Light can never be defiled or corrupted, no matter what it passes through or what it falls on. Light can never be defiled or sullied. You can shine light through a dirty windowpane or a muddy glass of water, and all the light does is expose the dirt. It is not touched by it. Even the purest water flowing from a clear mountain spring will become contaminated as it flows along. The purest‑looking crystals of snow falling from heaven contain tiny particles of debris, and as that snow falls on the ground, it will become corrupted. But light can never be defiled.
Jesus exposed sin, but He was never contaminated by sin. Jesus could touch sinners, but sin never touched Jesus. He was undefiled. When the Bible calls Jesus the "light of the world," it's a reminder of the sinless, stainless purity of the Son of God. Light is a wonderful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE CONSTANCY OF LIGHT
In the natural world, the speed of light is a constant. When Albert Einstein constructed his famous Theory of Relativity, he said the reason he was able to put forward this theory is because there is one thing and one thing alone in the world that is constant—the speed of light. Everything else is relative.
The only thing that is constant in our natural universe is light. And Jesus is our one constant in the spiritual realm.
Even the sun, which has never failed to give its light since the day God created it, will one day cease to shine. We are told that the energy of the sun is slowly being used up. You won't have to worry about the sun burning out in our lifetime, but the sun is not eternal. Its light will not shine for eternity. But the light of Jesus will illumine heaven throughout eternity!
What will be our source of light in Heaven?
Turn to this remarkable passage, Revelation 21:23, describing the holy city—
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did ____________ it, and the Lamb (the Lord Jesus Christ) is the ___________ thereof.”
We’ll have no need of light switches, fuses, electricity, batteries, or utility companies, for He Himself will be the source of light.
Our world is a very uncertain place. But we have this certainty to lean on:
“His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy _______________.” (Lamentations 3:22‑23)
Not only do we have the constancy of Jesus to depend on for today, but someday we are going to be made just like Him. The apostle John wrote in First John 3:2,
“Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be _________ _________, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2).
We will bask in the direct rays of His glorious light forever. Praise God for the changeless, constant light of the Lord Jesus Christ!
THE VITALITY OF THE LIGHT
Looking again at our passage in the Gospel of John, chapter one. Verse 4 says of Jesus,
“In Him was _________; and the life was the ____________ of men.”
Light and life are inextricably interwoven. You cannot have life without light. When God wanted to bring life out of chaos in creation, He said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). When the light appeared, the seas began to swarm with life. The seeds of earth began to bud and blossom.
I've always loved natural science. I can remember that the first big word I ever really locked in on was “photosynthesis.” I remember being enthralled as the teacher explained to us the meaning and process of photosynthesis. She told us:
The word ‘photo’ means ‘light,’ and the word synthesis means ‘to put together.’ Green plants produce food by putting chemicals together with light.
It is light that causes plants to produce food, and the whole life chain of animals and man depends on this process. Life itself is built on the sunlight. Without the sunlight, our world would become cold and dark and dead.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He came to give us life. When the Holy Spirit shined the light of the Gospel into our hearts, there was a divine photosynthesis that took place, producing life where before there was only death.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:30, “The entrance of Your words gives ______________.” Jesus is the Light.
Do you know that everywhere Jesus went during His earthly ministry, life followed Him? Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
LET JESUS BRING HIS LIGHT—AND LIFE—TO YOUR CHRISTMAS
No matter how cold and dark your world may seem, it can be brought back to life when the glorious light of the Son of God shines into your heart. There is no life without light. The life and the light went out of Adam's race when he sinned in the Garden of Eden.
But Jesus is the Light of the world. When we make Jesus Christ both Lord and Savior, the One who entered time and space as that little Babe in Bethlehem comes back in, turns the light on, and life begins again. He gives us eternal life.
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