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The power of light is that no matter how small it is, it removes the darkness wherever it exists! In a dark room, a small candle removes darkness. No, not as much as a floodlight, but enough that you can tell if another person is there or you can see to read a message or tell if you are in danger.

It isn’t accidental that candles, Christmas tree lights and the light associated with the angels and their joyful message is a part of our celebration during the Christmas and Advent season.

Here are some of the Biblical passages that speak to this.

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
This is a time of year that we are reminded that Jesus came. John sets it out the clearest if you are able to follow metaphors. He came as Light into a dark world. To a Jew at that time, the prospects of a coming Messiah seemed very bleak and dark. They were living under Roman rule. Dominated by a secular nation who cared nothing for anything religious, particularly the religion of the Jewish people.
Just when all seemed hopeless, Jesus quietly came on that dark night in Bethlehem. His angels appeared to an unlikely group…the shepherds, on a dark field. The sky suddenly turned bright with many angels singing,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!
Luke 2:13

Of course, later, Paul reminds us in Philippians, that we are to be those who live in a crooked world as shining lights. We are to live as children of the Father of Light!

But the final promise that is hopeful is this one. We are living in a dark world. It has always been that way, but often we have been able to live in denial about it. We have seen the darkness from a distance…and often tried to maintain a distance from the worst of our local darkness. We can’t do it anymore.

Our calling, as children of the Light, is to shine the light into the dark places…and to be the light in dark places. We aren’t called to hide our light in buildings where all the people of light can sit together in one place and pat each other on the back!

But what is ahead?

GOD has called each of us to do something as part of our kingdom work while we are here on earth. When our time is up…or Christ returns, we will join Him as part of His people in the new heavens and new earth that are being prepared for us. That new kingdom where His people will be glorified and will experience the fullness of their salvation. It will be glorious…far beyond anything we can imagine!

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
By its light will the nations walk,
and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,
and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.

They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false,
but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:22-27

It is hard to imagine what it will be like. No darkness of any kind. No evil. No need to lock doors or gates. No fear or reason to fear. Can you even imagine? I only get glimmers!

This is the hope of Christmas. Jesus came to earth to live among us, to dwell with us and all our mess. Easter reminds us of the extent to which He was willing to go to redeem us…to sacrifice Himself for our sin and fight the full battle for sin. His resurrection showed that He won! He won the victory over death.

But our experience of that victory will happen when we arrive in heaven. It happens  during the times when we face temptation and are victorious over it now. But the day is coming when the full experience of that victory will come. It will be beyond any of our wildest dreams! There will be no bad days in heaven…and it won’t be dull!

May GOD grant us a new experience of His Light this year!

Blessings friends.