About twenty years ago a house near the entrance of our subdivision kept their Christmas lights burning long into January, even though the Christmas season was long past. Even through the first of February those outside lights were burning every night. About the middle of February, I became a little bit critical and said, "You know, if I were too lazy to take my Christmas lights down, I think I'd at least turn them off at night." But about the middle of March, a sign outside of their house explained why they'd left the lights on. It said simply, "Welcome home, Jimmy." We learned that family had a son in Vietnam, and they had unashamedly left their Christmas lights on in anticipation of his return.
Lights are a symbol of hope. A person lost in a dark cave turns a corner and is relieved to see a ray of sunlight breaking through a crack. A person adrift on a life raft in the middle of the ocean at night is excited when he's able to say, "I see the light of a ship on the horizon."
People in darkness are delighted to see a light. It's a symbol of hope. In John 12:46 Jesus said, "I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." The world in which we live is engulfed in spiritual darkness, and people are groping to find a way out. But Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." The attributes of light reflect the hopeful impact that the light of Jesus Christ still makes on our lives today.
When somebody takes a flash picture, you notice. Or if a spotlight is turned on on a dark stage, your eyes are immediately drawn to the light. Isaiah 9:2 reads, "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living ...
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