During the last four weeks, we’ve been watching “The Great Christmas Light Fight”, an ABC special competition series, where families’ light displays were judged and a champion was announced. Some of the lights at people used were computer programmed, able to show pixilated images. Other families had traditional strings of bulbs wrapped around trees and roof lines. Still others used laser lights, casting a shower of color over their homes. No matter the medium, all the displays were spectacular and each week they put me a bit more in the Christmas Spirit.
All these displays shown on these national broadcasts, as well as the thousands of homes in our neighborhoods with blow-molds of Santa or candles on the windowsills, are reflecting a great spiritual truth. The light of all mankind has entered the world!
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 1:4 (NIV)
This simple notion – the light of all mankind entering the world – is profound. Light is powerful and can be useful in disinfecting, guiding, warming, and giving life. Light is comforting (like a night-light in a nursery) and spreads easily (like candles in a Christmas Eve service). Light enables us to see the beauty around us and avoid the dangers that are also around us. Light is a marvelous thing.
At Christmas, we celebrate that the perfect light, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and God the Son, coming down from heaven and communing with us. At Christmas, we celebrate the overwhelming power of the universe choosing to surrender all, accepting vulnerability and limits. At Christmas, we celebrate to presence of the Almighty contained in the frame of a newborn. At Christmas, we celebrate the One who purifies, guides and gives life to finite human beings.
So, celebrate Christmas. Light a candle or plug in a strand of lights.
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.” John 8:12 (NIV)