BE A CHRISTMAS CANDLE! When Jesus was born in Bethlehem there was a light in the heavens to guide the way to His manager. When the angels appeared to the shepherds “the glory of the Lord shone around them.” In speaking of the coming Messiah the Apostle John said, “the true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world,” (John 1:9 NIV). Lights and candles it seems have always been a part of the Christmas celebration among the followers of Christ reminding us of the one who is truly the light of the world.
After the baby of Bethlehem had grown up and began His public ministry among the people of Israel, on one occasion Jesus spoke of light, “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). It is possible to walk along brightly lit pathways in this life and still be in total spiritual darkness. It is possible for people to hear the Christmas story, participate in all the Christmas activities, and still be spiritually lost. It is only when people come to know Jesus in a personal way and follow Him as their Savior and Lord that they can come out of spiritual darkness and “have the light of life.”
On another occasion the baby of Bethlehem, as an adult, spoke of light once again to those who would follow Him. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV).
Most Christians, at least in America, love the Christmas lights on the houses and buildings, and inside on the trees and candles in windows and on tables. But Jesus makes it plain that Christians are to be living lights for Him in the places where they live and in places where they walk. And during the Christmas season we have great opportunities to let people see Christ shining out of us and lighting the way for other people to come to know Jesus as we do. Eva Logue said, “A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away. While quite unselfish it grows small.” Let us Christians be like a Christmas candle during this Christmas season and let our light shine for Christ as a lovely thing and give ourselves away unselfishly in sharing the life of Christ.