Summary: Ever since the brightness of heaven flooded the hills of Bethlehem; and the far off twinkling star guided Eastern wise-men to the new born King…Christ has been the Light of the world, and we have celebrated Christmas with colorful lights.
Jesus the True Light of Christmas
The Apostle John in his Gospel the first chapter gives us a description of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
:”In the beginning was the Word, (Jesus) and the Word (Jesus) was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the Beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In his was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” John 1:1-5
I. Jesus Is Alpha and Omega
The Apostle John declares that Jesus is Alpha and Omega. Jesus is the beginning and the end. Jesus did not have his beginning in a manger in a stable near Bethlehem. Jesus became God in human flesh. Jesus took on a real human body – all man yet all God. Jesus is the only true God-man who ever lived.
John 1:14, “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the incarnate Son of God.
E. Stanley Jones, former missionary to India, tried to think of a way to tell people in India about the love of God in Jesus. He said, suppose a farmer was plowing a field and he came upon an ant hill teaming with ants. How could the farmer warn the ants to get out of the way of the plow? There is only one way to communicate to the ants; to become an ant and give them a warning in their own language. All who would listen would be saved.
In Jesus God stepped out of heaven to communicate His plan of salvation. Jesus became one of us to communicate in our language and tell us of God’s love. John 3:16-18 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believes stands condemned already because he has not believes in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the eternal Son of God. For you to know Jesus is for you to know God. Jesus claimed that He and God the Father were equal.
The Jewish rulers and officials were questioning Jesus and his claim to be equal with God the Father. Jesus answered them by saying, John 10:37-38, “Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”
On a spiritual supernatural level God is Father, God is Son and God is Holy Spirit. God the Father is Creator, God the Son is Savior, and God the Holy Spirit is Administrator of God’s graces and gifts.
On a human level I am a father to my children, I am the son of my father, and my life comes from vital organs in my body. I can think on the human level, but my best thinking falls short by a million times how to comprehend God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit on a spiritual level.