Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Adorning Our Tree: The Light of the World

As we approach the shortest day of day light, December 21st, we cannot help but feel a little colder or a little gloomier as a result.  With cloudier days and a sun who has migrated south for the winter, we become malnourished in Vitamin D and our spirits become clouded as well.  If you're like me, you begin to long for a sunny hot day.  If imprisoned from light people will take drastic measures just to reach the light.  Consider those in Norway...

Most of Norway is without the Sun's light for several months.   Rjukan, a town in Norway nestled in between 2 mountains, has found a way to reflect the sun into their little valley square using 3 giant size mirrors.

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Now consider this concept spiritually.  Zacharia prophecies in Luke that we are "those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death." Luke 1:79 This is a description of man in his inherited sin nature.  That sin cast a shadow likened to death that the person lives in.  But, as we expound the verses surrounding this quote we see in fact that Zacharia declares hope.

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:76-79
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 Zacharia's son, John the Baptist, becomes the prophet that prepares the way for Jesus.  Jesus is said to be the "sunrise from on high".  In another part of scripture Matthew quotes Isaiah's prophecy about Jesus {Matthew 4:12-17}.

"But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them."  Isaiah 9:1-2
Jesus confirms this by saying...
" I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness."  John 12:46

As we draw near to our Savior's birth, John's gospel states...
 "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.

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man."  John 1:1-9

As we consider the effects of natural light in our own lives.  Light illuminates us from darkness, grows the vegetation, warms the earth.  The same physical effect light has on our world, God says, "I am that to you."

~Jeff Warner

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