Message summary: Let us all make it your prayer today, that Jesus Christ the everlasting light will shine through us, in both our words and deeds, and even in our countenance.
Listen to this message on your audio player.“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3,4). “The LORD is God, and He has made His light shine upon us” (Psalm 118:27). “The LORD will be your everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:20). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 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 1:1-4). “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in Thee tonight
(From “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”)
Yesterday we pointed out that light is one of the great themes of the incarnation. Light can be glowing, beaming, piercing, twinkling, dim or intense. There are many sources of light; in nature the sun, moon and stars in their courses above. In our homes we may have light from electricity, candles, gas lanterns (our Amish neighbors), burning firewood or in our case from our coal stove. But there is only one source of Everlasting Light.
Our first daily text shows the origin of light on the first day of creation. The first designation of “good” in the Bible is light.
A wonderful truth is so simply expressed in our second daily verse: “The LORD is God, and He has made His light shine upon us.” “The Lord is God” merely asserts the Biblical truth of the one true God revealed in Scripture.
“He has made His light shine upon us.” All through history the redeemed have been able to proclaim this truth. The great prophet Isaiah in a Messianic prophecy declares, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2) and later declares, “The LORD will be your everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:20).
In the Apostle John’s account of the incarnate Christ he writes, “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”
In this church age we look back on the full revelation of Christ and understand what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Jesus Christ came to be the Light of the world, to reveal the knowledge and glory of God, and to shine brightly in a world darkened and dominated by sin. Is He your Lord and God? Today are you experiencing the penetrating power of God’s light as it shines upon you? Are others seeing its revelation of truth and ray of hope as it shines through you? We sure hope so!
Let us all make it our prayer today, that Jesus Christ the everlasting light will shine through us, in both our words and deeds, and even in our countenance.
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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Stephen & Brooksyne
“Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light”
“Son of God, love’s pure light”
“There shone a holy light”
“Yonder shines the infant light”
“Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light”
‘And to the earth it gave great light”
“Light and life to all He brings”
“One small light from the flame of a candle”
“Led by the light of faith serenely beaming”
“With a liberating light”
The hymn titles are posted below.
“In Remembrance of Me” pdf This is a passion-filled Scripture reading for two adults. Brooksyne and I have used this reading with great receptivity during Christmas Eve services over the years. We suggest, if possible, a musical background as the message is read. It is also a great lead-in to a Communion service. It should be thoroughly practiced and read with great feeling. Here’s a great Communion Hymn for Christmas (Video)
“When Christ Was Born” pdf This is an adaptation to the tune of “How Great Thou Art”. It’s a great song to sing as a congregation since most are familiar with and love the tune.
Responsive Christmas Scripture readings for church or family:
John 1:1-18 pdf
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” pdf
My First Christmas In Heaven This is a blessed reminder for all who lost a loved one this year. Brooksyne read and wrote about the poem in this message.
Christmas Knowledge Test
We have also posted two Christmas carol quizzes here (scroll down).
1. “Disperse the gloomy clouds of night” O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. “Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light” O Little Town of Bethlehem
3. “Son of God, love’s pure light” Silent Night
4. “There shone a holy light” Go Tell It On The Mountain
5. “Yonder shines the infant light” Angels From The Realms Of Glory
6. “Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light” Title same as this line!
7. ‘And to the earth it gave great light” The First Noel
8. “Light and life to all He brings” Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. “One small light from the flame of a candle” One Small Child
10. “Led by the light of faith serenely beaming” O Holy Night
11. “With a liberating light” Praise The One Who Breaks The Darkness
Yesterday following our chaplain visits I had our car serviced in Lebanon, PA. I sat down in a big recliner in Boscov’s while Brooksyne shopped. An off duty Santa walked by and I asked to see his shirt. We ended up conversing about 1/2 hour. Tim told me about his personalized approach to being Santa and the interest he has in children. He is a retired chocolate worker from Hershey Corporation who made Kit Kats!