During this time of year, although it is a festive time, many people are experiencing some dark times. Death, loneliness and violence seem to happen more so during Christmas time—and let us not forget those who are missing their love ones. These are dark times, and times that we have to remember to turn on the light. The light is Jesus Christ. In the opening verses of John’s epistle, we learn that Jesus is the light of the world: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it,” John 1:1-5.
For us to turn on the light, we must allow the word of God to illuminate our hearts. We must believe, have faith, and trust in the word of God for us to turn on the light. Otherwise, we will remain in the darkness of lies and negativity and discouragement if we do not read the word that tells us to trust, speaks things that are positive, and encourages our hearts. Jesus is the word. Jesus is the truth, and through his person, his birth, life and death, he illuminates our minds and hearts and circumstances. The word becoming flesh showed us how to forgive, resist temptations, to love, and to do the will of God.
We also learn that he is the source of our beginning. We learn how powerful he is in our lives. God is responsible for our very existence. If we realize that “not one thing came into being” without him, when we experience those dark times of disappointment, loneliness, rejection, and hurt—we know that God is in control. God sent us a light to help us to see and give us power over the darkness. All we have to do is to turn on the light. The darkness cannot exist when there is a light. The light burns on the inside of us because of grace. The more we experience and grow in the grace of Jesus Christ, the brighter our light shines. Darkness cannot have the victory over us if we are willing to turn on the light.
We all remember Rudolph, who had a red nose that glowed. Other reindeer made fun of his light and made him ashamed of it. However at the end of the story, things became so dark that Santa needed Rudolph’s nose to see through the darkness.
In this life, people will be jealous of your light. The light that shines in you, that makes you the person you are, is Jesus Christ. They will do things to put your light out and convince you to turn off the light. The truth is people need your light. They need your bright spirit that glows in darkness. They need your light to lead them out of depression and negativity. Keep your light shining and burning no matter how dark it gets. Jesus is the light of the world. Turn on the light.