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The Christmas Light

At Christmas time the ordinary becomes special. Lights on Christmas trees sparkle in darkened rooms. Houses glimmer with fairy lights like diamonds on a crown. Candles in Churches glow in warmth.

Light it seems is an important part of celebrating Christmas. Just as it was on that very first Christmas. A shining star guided Wise men to the baby Jesus. Shepherds were greeted by a dazzling angelic display in the night sky bringing the great news of the birth of Jesus.

But Christmas is not just celebrating the birth of a baby. Christmas is celebrating how God came to earth to dwell among us as a man. It is the beginning of an incredible journey of reconciliation, hope and love by our God. You see, the baby in the manger grew to become a man – but no ordinary man. He came to bring us life. He came to bring forgiveness. And ultimately He came to lay down His life for us and vanquish death by rising from the dead.

Jesus came to be the light in our darkness. Where there is darkness light is needed. A night light dispels shadows that scare – for darkness always flees before light. The light of a torch shows the way home along the darkest paths. Jesus came to be the Light of the World where hopelessness, fear, worry and anxiety abound.

He said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:14)

Christmas celebrates the most ultimate gift possible – God coming to earth as man. It causes us to remember God coming down to our earth to be our hope and our Saviour – to be the Light of the World.

Unlike the Christmas tree lights though, that will soon be packed away for another year, Jesus is our Light forever. He goes beyond Christmas Day and into eternity. For the day after Christmas and the days that follow – He is there to be your hope, your Saviour, your light. The question is – are we allowing Jesus – the eternal Christmas light, in our lives today?

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Meditate on God’s Promises

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

Mary treasured and pondered all that occurred at the birth of Jesus – what the Wisemen and shepherds had told her. She held onto these words of promise and she meditated on them. By doing this she ensured that her mind was aligned with the Word of God, that the promise of who Jesus was became firmly rooted in her spirit. This would have helped her keep her faith during difficult times.

In the same way, we should treasure the promises that God has given us. We need to remind ourselves and meditate on what God has said to us. By doing so we demonstrate trust in Him.

Christ within

What would that be like? To have a child within is a miracle, but to have Christ within?

To have my voice, but him speaking.

My steps, but Christ leading.

My heart, but his love beating in me, through me, with me.

What’s it like to have Christ on the inside?

To tap his strength when mine expires

or feel the force of heaven’s fires raging, purging wrong desires.

Could Christ become my self entire?

So much him, so little me

That in my eyes it’s him they see.

What’s it like to a Mary be? No longer I, but Christ in me.

(Max Lucado)

Favour!

FAVOUR IN THE EYES OF GOD – “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you!”

2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” Mary was living a life committed and honouring to God. That meant when God looked upon the earth to see who He could entrust with His Son, His eyes fell upon her. Today, God has assignments to carry out His work on earth, and He is looking for people whose hearts are fully committed to Him.