We especially welcome visitors to our special Christmas services today!
Each year the displays of Christmas lights outside people’s homes seem to get more elaborate and extensive, and Fleet High Street looks especially good this year. Light is, of course, one of the great themes of Christmas – Isaiah prophesied some 700 years before the Incarnation that “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (9v2). Jesus came as the Light of the world, the spiritual reality of the very first words of God recorded in the Bible “Let there be light” (Genesis 1v3).
Two particular ‘displays of Christmas lights’ occurred in the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. The glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds and they were terrified (Luke 2v9). The Magi were led to Bethlehem by the light of a special star (Matthew 2v2,9).
Christians are called to shine as stars, or lights, in this world (Philippians 2v15). Two aspects of our ‘display’ as lights, not just at Christmas, may be linked to the above events:
- let us shine in our worship of our awesome God, seeking to reflect His glory to others; and
- let us display obedience, faith and God’s truth as we seek to walk each day in the light (1 John 1v7).
Peace and Grace