Day 1. Our Light Has Come

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series A Christmas Story Devotional

Our Light Has come

 

The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.  John 1:9

Our Light Has Come

Thinking of all the uses of the word light gives a deeper meaning to the fact that light came into the world in the form of a baby.  Are you preparing your heart for the celebration of His birth-day and His coming into the world? Bless you as you consider the light who has come.

The root of the word light used here is ‘phos’ in Greek and refers to the light of the sun or the light of day, which is never kindled and can therefore never be quenched, which is so different from the light which we can get our hands on in the form of fire. 

The character of light is to reveal and to provide understanding and purity,which means to shine or to make manifest that which we see with our eyes and that which reaches our minds. 

When God created the world he said, “Let there be light”, and there was.  God is the origin of light (Genesis 1:3).  In Exodus God provided a pillar of fire to give light to the Israelites as they traveled out of Egypt during the Exodus (Exodus 13:21).  He provides a light for our path (Psalm 119:105).   The Psalms ask if God will let the light of His face shine upon them (Psalm 4:6), and if they may walk before God in the light of life (Psalm 56:13).  His words unfolding give light (Psalm 119:130). The LORD will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19-20).

In the verse below we see light used for describing the nature of God who is Himself light, and is the origin of light.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  1 John 1:5 -7

Light can also refer to righteousness, as seen in 1 John.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.  Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.  1 John 2:9 

Here Jesus is referred to as the illuminator of men.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:3-5

In the Old Testament the Prophet Isaiah speaks of the light who will come to all.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Followers of the Lord Jesus believe that he turns darkness into light, which can mean to gain understanding.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

There are so many times the word light is used in the Bible. Light is used as a contrast from darkness, as goodness as opposed to evil, and as a symbol for the holy God, His presence and favor.  Light can mean salvation, truth, life and goodness.  Light symbolizes the love of God, and is made visible to us in the light of His Son Jesus, who in turn graciously gives us the light of life.  How amazing is that?

Question (feel free to journal your answer here)  Are you stumbling in the dark? What is the light of life? What does it mean to you to be filled with light?

 

 

 

 

Your prayer (feel free to write your prayer here)

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for Light with you,

Laurie 

 

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