The Light of the World

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my husband and I were shopping and came across a really cool flashlight that I felt I needed to buy. A few weeks later, I was looking for a unique light to share with the kids during the Children’s Sermon. This flashlight was perfect!

How many of you have decorated your homes with Christmas lights? At Christmas time we see lights everywhere. In our homes, stores, streets of our neighborhoods. Christmas is sometimes called a season of light.

Light is pretty amazing. Light can even chase away darkness. Have you ever been in a very dark room where you can’t see anything? But then someone lights a candle or turns on a flashlight and suddenly the entire room is lit. The light chases away the darkness and you can see what is around you.

Even a small light can chase away the darkness.

Light of the World 1A few weeks ago, I was shopping and came across this really cool flashlight. It reminds me about Jesus, the Light of the World.

Light of the World 2

This flashlight can stretch and bend and extend light into dark crevices where no other light can reach. Jesus’ love is like this. Jesus’ love has the power to reach into the most remote and darkest parts of our lives and world.

Light of the World 3The end of this flashlight is magnetic so it can pick up things that are lost in the dark crevices into which it is shined. Jesus’ love is like this. Jesus’ love is powerful and draws people to Him. As Christ light shines and is shared in the world, people will be drawn to the love and grace that Jesus brings to to the world.

Jesus, Son of God, was born as a tiny baby. Jesus grew and learned and worked as a carpenter. He helped people and also told people about God.

Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world so that everyone who believes in me won’t live in darkness.” (John 12:46)

The Bible reminds us that Jesus is the light for all people. Jesus is our Savior whose Light pushes back the darkness. We come to worship and Sunday School and Wednesday Night Faith Connections to learn more about Jesus and how Jesus wants us to live. When we believe in Jesus, we are no longer living in darkness.

“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14,16

Jesus told people that they were also to be lights in the world.

This includes you.

Jesus wants you to be a light in the world so others will come to know the good news of Jesus.

PRAYER:
Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth as a tiny baby to bring light to the darkness. Help us to be a light in the world for you. Amen.

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About faithumchurch

Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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