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    Light up The World

    Light Up The World December 15, 2020
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    John 1:9-10 (ESV)
    “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
    He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.”


    Jesus once spoke to his disciples, saying, “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8:12), and then in Matthew 5:14, he said, “You are the light of the world.”  Jesus, the light of the world, calls you and me to be the light of the world.  If we are honest, it’s much more comfortable letting Jesus be the light, isn’t it? 

    Why did he give us this responsibility and what can we do? 

    When Jesus returned to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in all believers.  Since then, Christ-followers have used whatever they have to highlight the good news of Jesus! 

    Long ago, people would bring in to their homes evergreen branches during the winter solstice to help them look forward to the coming spring.  Christians saw this as an opportunity to be a light in the world.  German believers changed the tradition by bringing in an entire evergreen tree to tell the story of everlasting life through Jesus. Some put a star on top of it to tell about the Wise Men.  Some even put candles on the branches.  They used whatever they had to shed light on the good news of Jesus.  Many of us do the same.

    Growing up, my family had every kind of Christmas tree imaginable.  The image of a silver fake tree with a rotating colored light shining on it will forever be seared into my memory.  One year, my sister worked for hours to hang each strand of tinsel just right.  There was always the fear of leaving the lights because of how dry the “fresh cut” tree was and the possibility it could catch on fire! 

    We’ve come a long way with decorations since then.  From the star on top of a tree to the manger scene on a nearby table, the good news of Jesus can be everywhere.  How do your Christmas decorations point to Jesus?

    There are other ways that we can display and proclaim Jesus’ light to the world. Here are a few examples.  

    A few years ago, few had heard of Zoom and many thought Facebook as merely a public diary.  Today, we use “Facebook Live” and Zoom to reach many people who may have never attended church.   We use these tools as a way to “light” a path to faith. 

    Do you remember when a movie was only shown in a theater?  Today, 74% of homes use streaming services to watch movies.  Therefore, RightNow Media created a streaming service to offer Christian content.  It’s another way to highlight the good news of Jesus and you have access to it for free! 

    Finally, next week, on December 21st, local news stations will likely be talking about how the planets Saturn and Jupiter will align in the sky and may resemble the star that the Wise Men followed. This rare alignment hasn’t happened since 1623 and won’t happen again until 2080!  Can it be used as an opportunity to shed light on the good news of Jesus? Absolutely! 

    This Christmas, let’s look for old and new ways to highlight the good news of Jesus.  Let’s light up this world every way we can! 

    Lord, thank you for bringing us out of darkness and into the light of the good news of Jesus. Help us see and use creative ways to show others your light too for there are many who still do not know!  Through Jesus, Amen!

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