Jesus is the Light of the World

In the beginning of creation, “God said let there be light and there was light”, as recorded in Genesis. In John 1, the Word is also identified as “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” This Light that lighteth every man that comes into the world is sourced in the life and person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is the source of light to help us see our need due to our sin, because He is perfectly Holy even though He was living in human flesh. Jesus is the source of light to help us see the provision of forgiveness that God has made available to every man through Jesus Christ, God the Son, because He is the Holy God who can provide us His righteousness to be made right with God Himself. Jesus is our Messiah who was “made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that are under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” as stated in Galatians 4. He did what He did for us, so we can receive from Him forgiveness of sin and be acceptable to God in His righteousness. Jesus declares Himself as the Light of the world and in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:14, He commands His followers that they are to be a light unto the world as His representatives here on earth. In Matthew 5:16 He tells His followers to let their light shine before men, “and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”  We need to live to the glory of God with the life and love that He has given to us in relationship with Him by faith in His Son as our Saviour. Jesus is the Light of the world and when we receive His righteousness and light into our lives by faith in Him as our Saviour, then we have His light and life in us to enable us to be a light unto this world, so we can help others see their need of Christ and receive Him as their Saviour in order to have His eternal life in them. Hanukah is called the festival of lights. It is the celebration of light over darkness and good over evil. It is fitting that it is often celebrated in the same time of season as the birth of Christ is celebrated who is the Light of the World. I love using lights at Christmas to celebrate the coming of the Light of the world. Jesus is the ultimate key to the reality of light over darkness.