Throughout the ages and the world’s vast geography the presence of light has regulated how people live and is even used to describe how one “sees” things. Light, for many positive reasons, is associated with things that are good while darkness is often seen as negative. Light exposes while darkness hides. We applaud “winter solstice” as now the hours of daylight are longer. Who hasn’t spent hours awake at night, waiting for the light of a new day? Think of a child on Christmas day longing to wake up in the morning and open gifts surrounding the tree.
A Christmas tradition celebrated by many is called Advent. It is a Latin term meaning “waiting for the arrival,” as people remember and wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Often weeks before Christmas people will light a candle on an Advent wreath each Sunday to look forward to trait that God would share with His creation. Candles would be lit for joy, peace, hope and love.
In the Bible we read about God’s love for people and his plan to be back in relationship with His creation. God’s plan was to send himself in the divine person of Jesus Christ. This plan was foreshadowed in Isaiah 9:2 – “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
God chose to send himself, “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 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
Jesus wrapped himself in humility and divinity as He was born in stable on Christmas morning. While His parents, angels and shepherds rejoiced that night, the light of that celebration reaches throughout eternity. Christmas means that God was willing to come into a dark place and bring the light of salvation. Because of Jesus, all of God’s creation has an opportunity to be in relationship with the living God.
Jesus described His mission on earth as He declared in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Your life may feel dark and lifeless, but Jesus has provided a way to be in relationship with God as Jesus is the Light of the world. When one makes Jesus Christ both Savior and Lord, the little babe born in Bethlehem comes in and turns on the light. It is then life begins as He gives us eternal life.
This Christmas celebrate the Light, by letting Jesus Christ be your source for life because, “The Light has come.”
Frank Alioto is the pastor of The River Covenant Church: “An Alaskan church for people who would rather come to the River.” We gather on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. at K-Beach Elementary in Soldotna. Call 252-2828 or visit www.therivercovenantchurch.org.