“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Lights nearly always carry a message. Lights on can mean someone is home; watch out for me on the road; a blue light flashing can mean help is on its way or you are being caught. At Christmas we see different sorts of lights; lights on in our homes can tell people that we are celebrating, that we are collecting for charity, that we want to bless our street or even that we want to out-do our neighbours!
As with all messages lights can be misunderstood. A light shone into your eyes can seem threatening until we see the child with a new torch behind the glare.
John tells us that Jesus came as a light into a dark place and that his light had many messages. It was a light that said that God was home with his people; it was a light which warned travellers of a new direction in the road and it was a blue flashing light of both rescue and catching us in our human muddle and mess.
Like lots of lights Jesus was misunderstood. Those in the darkness couldn’t make out what kind of light he was and didn’t want too much of it shining on their dark lives.
What kind of light do you need this Christmas? Is God at home in your life? Are you aware of him on the road of your journey? Do you need rescuing?
The light has come- don’t miss it.
Pray that the light of God will shine brightly in our world, overcoming the darkness of hate and bitterness
Watch a candle flame. What colours can you see in it? What does it make you feel like?