Christmas Lights

You know when the month of December comes around…we tend to see alot of Christmas spirit, Christmas signs, and of course…Christmas lights.

One has to wonder, how and what started the tradition of Christmas lights.

Of course most of us could say..it started with candles back in the old times. Or others could say that it started when electricity was invented and someone put a bunch of light bulbs on a string.

Really that is the traditional thought….but really did we ever think what the Bible says about “Christmas lights” ?

There is no scripture that actually says “Christmas lights” in its original text but eventually if you put scriptures together from several places in the Bible…you will realize that Christmas lights was here for a long, long time.

The purpose of this is to help you to fully understand the history of Christmas lights and then to share it with those you come to meet during the holiday times.

The reason for Christmas is not to find the cheapest video game system for your kids. The reason is not to buy as many gifts as possible. The reason is not to recieve the most gifts as well. The reason, according to the Bible and to Christians SHOULD be Jesus Christ.

So at first notice, Jesus Christ is the “true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:9)

Jesus Christ is also “the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of the life” (John 8:12)

Jesus Christ is and always will be “THE FIRST Christmas Light”

Never thought of if that way, huh?  Interesting concept and so awesome to think that we use Christmas lights every year for our tree, for outside our home, for inside our home, etc to remind ourselves that the reason we set up lights..is to remind myself, others, and those who visit us about the first Christmas light.

Heres some encouragement:

  • If you are depressed or sad…..look at your Christmas lights…Jesus brings JOY
  • If you are suffering or hurting…look at your Christmas lights…Jesus brings HOPE
  • If you are worried…look at your Christmas lights…Jesus brings PEACE
  • If you are stuck in sin…look at your Christmas lights…Jesus brings SALVATION

Everyone is familiar with or some of the text that appears in John 3:16 but what people do not realize is that later in the few verses ahead in John 3:19 it says something that predicts people’s reason for not remembering Jesus Christ during these holiday times..

“This is the testimony, that the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light; beacuse their deeds were evil” (John 3:19 NIV)

Interesting in the same verse but in the Easy to Read version Bible it says:

“They are judged by this fact. The light has come into the world. But they did not want that light. They wanted darkness; because they were doing evil things” (John 3:19)

I want you to picture something for a moment…….

Back in the old times…they didnt have electricity…they used lamps that was filled with oil to keep the light running and the home to be lit up.

Every once in awhile…the oil lamps will have to be cleaned. The glass around the light needs to be wiped, cleaned, and dried to use for next time. If the glass was not cleaned…the light would be harder and harder to see next time it is used.

Same with us as Christians…if we have accepted the “TRUE LIGHT” (which is Jesus Christ) we need to shine our light as bright as possible so others around us can see that we are celebrating Christmas the way that God wants us to. And eventually we do things that we should not do such as sin, and we need to clean ourselves frequently as possible. If we don’t, our light will become harder and harder to see the next time it is used.

“You are the light of the world…In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14,16)

So may your light shine bright for others to see……may your Christmas be filled with JOY, HOPE, PEACE, and SALVATION…..may God use you to witness to your family, friends, others about the “FIRST CHRISTMAS LIGHT” in Jesus Christ….

Sermon reviews of the past 10 weeks

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 For those of you who did not have the privilege to sit in all 10 weeks of the topics that I preached from 1 Corinthians, I will attempt to do a review here… Its been a very educational and very eventful past 10 weeks.

Week 1   We learned that Paul was aware of divisions within the church  (chapters 1-4)         

Week 2   We learned that Paul was addressing the issue of sexual sin within the church (chapters 5-7)

Week 3   We learned that Paul was teaching us to be on guard with our beliefs and not to cause others to fall in their own. Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. (chapters 8-10)

Week 4   We learned that Paul was showing us the proper way to worship and to honor the Lord’s Supper when you participate in it. (chapter 11)

Week 5   We learned that Paul encouraged people to use their gifts to build up the church (chapter 12)

Week 6   We learned that Paul expressed that if whatever you do and say is not from love, it is worthless (chapter 13)

Week 7   We learned that Paul was telling everyone should pray to have the gift of prophecy to tell people about the Good News, not draw attention to yourself with the gift of speaking of tongues (chapter 14)

Week 8   We learned that Paul was warning people about false teachers. Be aware of the true Word of God (chapter 15:1-11)

Week 9   We learned that Paul encouraged us to hold onto the Gospel and rid ourselves of things distracting us from beleiving in the true Gospel. (chapter 15: 12-58)

Week 10  We learned Paul was strongly encouraging people to be generous in your giving to help others through your money, your time, and making sure its directly from the heart. (chapter 16)