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Summary: - Two things Lucy saw coming into Narnia - First it was Winter - Second a lamppost in the middle of a wood - Have you noticed that the Christmas story is told in bleakness of hard taxation & darkness? - Not much different than today

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The Light Of Christmas

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Lk 1:78-79

+ Christmas Lights in town

— The Light of Christmas 7x

(Slides of Christmas Lights)

+ - Two things Lucy saw coming into Narnia was Winter

> - Second a lamppost in the middle of a woods

- Have you noticed that the Christmas story is told in bleakness of hard taxation & darkness?

- Before the incarnation there was:-

+ 1. The Promise of Light

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- From the begriming of Scripture to the end

> Numbers 24:17 (KJV) . . . . there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, . . . . .

> Malachi 4:2 (KJV) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, . . . . . .

> Revelation 22:16 (KJV) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Jesus speaking of himself

> John 8:12 (KJV) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

> John 12:46 (KJV) I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Lk 1:78-79 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

- Tender - “inward affection” “the seat of passions

- The heart

- Original is, “The mercy of the heart of our God.”

- The heart is the seat & center of life

- Mercy is his own life

- God created with the breath of his word

- He gave us his son with his heart

+ 2. Result of Light - Jn 8:12

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> - Lk 1:79

> - Dispels Darkness

> - Makes us unafraid

> - Reveals the hidden

> - Causes Growth

> - Makes things sparkle

> - Bring Out Color

+ 3. Source of Light

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God shows His tender mercy in that he humiliated Himself to visit us

> - God becoming a helpless baby

> - Good news to man is God’s visitation

> - Salvation received is God’s Work- changed lives

+ 4. Dawning of Light

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> - Dawn brings hope to a new day

> - His coming as sure as the sunrise

> - Riding our gloom of darkness

> - Melting the cold away

- His coming not as a flickering candle, lightening flash, or a blazing meteor

- As the sun Christ is the only light

- As a dissolver of blackness

- Our night is ended once for all

- Sometimes the day will cloud over but night will never return

+ 5. Light Evaporating Darkness

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Our Dayspring comes to us when we deserve no light

> - In our Sin

> - In Our Darkness

> - In Our Ruin


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