In Isaiah 9, written 700 years BC we read “The people living in darkness have seen a great light.” This prophecy told us about the coming of Jesus, the light of the world. In His ministry, Jesus called Himself the light of the world, but later He flipped the story. He said You are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden, neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Jesus came to be light, to light this sin-darkened world. This is what we celebrate at Christmas. Then as He died for our sins and rose again, He empowered a new light, a light that would reflect His light into the dark corners of our world. That light is the church, you and me. We are here to light the way, to help people go from darkness into light, to help people to find the light of the world and then become God-light reflectors.
Brothers and sisters, in this time of year when we put lights on everything that doesn’t move, let’s remember to be light, today and all year. We are the light of the world.