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The Light Of The World

We have been looking at the 'I Am ' sayings of Jesus over the past months and it's been a great joy as we have looked at the different names Jesus called Himself. And so we come to the final one, the one for me that I believe we need to proclaim this Christmas.

It’s that time of year again, wherever we look there are little twinkling lights in the streets, in the shop windows and on the Christmas trees, for a few months they twinkle and sparkle, but then they are unplugged, put in their box and there’s nothing for another year.

But, there’s a light that we can have all the time brighter than any Christmas light, a light that will never dim, never fade, never be unplugged and put back in a box.

John 8:12 says 'When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."'

Amazing words, Jesus again proclaiming who He is, 'the light of the world'. 

We need light to see what we are doing, where we are going. When you're out on a dark winters night, it's always good to have the street lights working or a torch to guide yourself. It's also rather comforting (for me) to see the lights on in the windows of the houses I pass.

The light pierces the darkness, without light in the dark we would be fumbling around, we might be fearful when we can't see anything but black.

And so back to what Jesus quotes 'Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'. How wonderful is that, how reassuring is that? Jesus saying that if we will only follow Him then all the fumbling around, the fear, the dread, the darkness, will be gone in an instant, that's what He promises us not just at Christmas but from the very day that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and start walking with Him by our side.

Two thousand years ago, the Kings were led to the stable where Jesus was born by the brightest of stars in the sky, they were led to Jesus the Messiah, the Saviour, the Light of the World. Believe on Him today and the darkness that surrounds you will fade away as the light takes over your life.

May God bless you this Christmas.

Thursday 1st of December 2016

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