Sunday after Christmas Day Morning Prayer (26 December 2021) 1 John 1:5-7
We celebrated the first advent and the birth of our Lord Jesus yesterday. We are familiar about the purpose of our Lord’s first advent: Jesus came to this world to save humans from eternal death.
Today, I would like to meditate about the ‘The Light’ that guides and leads us to eternal life. We can read about the link between light and the LORD God throughout the Bible. In our New Testament Reading, St. John’s first epistle, chapter 1 verses 5–7 we read: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Apostle John also wrote about the same light in his Gospel. John’s gospel chapter 1 says, in Jesus “was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”. Verse 9 says Jesus “was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”.
When Moses wrote about creation, he said, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”. Let us meditate about why Jesus came as The Light and about walking in the light to inherit eternal life.
We know that God created the earth. When God created the earth in the beginning, the earth was not empty. God created angels to praise and worship him. Lucifer was an archangel with special talents. He wanted to lift himself above the LORD God, which was the first sin. The LORD God pushed him down to the pit and the anger of the LORD God covered the whole earth. The world was cut off from the light. There was no sin and darkness when the LORD God created the earth and the angels. But the early sin made the whole earth dark. It separated the earth from the presence of the LORD God. When the earth was dark, it was frozen and became shapeless. God wanted to restore the earth. Genesis chapter 1 also says that the earth was dark, void and shapeless. So He said, “Let there be light”. When the light came into the earth, the frozen ice melted away and the earth got its shape. The earth was restored. God created the first humans Adam and Eve to replace the fallen angel. The fallen angel was not happy about God creating humans to replace him. He wanted to separate the new creature from the presence of the LORD God. He knew that sin was the only tool to separate humans from the presence of God. He tricked Eve and made both Adam and Eve commit sin. The first humans were separated from the presence of God as he planned. He continued to separate the subsequent generations from the presence of God. Cain killed his own brother. Sin was passed on to the next generations and started covering up the whole world. This separated the earth again from the presence of the LORD God. Although God gave Old Testament laws and commandments to His chosen people, they could not save the people from eternal death. God spoke through prophets but most of the time people did not listen to them. God was not happy about sin covering the light from the LORD God. The people did not hear anything from the LORD God for nearly 400 years after prophet Malachi. There was complete darkness in the world.
During that time, the LORD God, the Father Almighty came as Jesus Christ. He came as the light to save the human race from darkness. He came to restore the earth again by offering Himself as the one-time sacrifice. The LORD God who created everything by His words came down to this world and the people in darkness saw a great light through the word. The people who were living in sin saw the Almighty Father through the son Jesus Christ. When the earth was restored earlier, the first Adam yielded to temptation and committed sin against the LORD God. But the second Adam Jesus overcame the temptations and broke the chain of bondage. He overcame temptation with the word of God. When He broke the chain of bondage, the light came into the earth and the people in darkness saw a great light through Jesus. The earth was again restored with the blood of the Lamb of God. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. Holiness brings light and unholiness or sin brings the darkness in our lives.
Jesus came as the Light to the world and there is no darkness in Him. Our Almighty Father expects us to have fellowship with Jesus and to receive light from Him. We are to be a light for others to find Jesus. Jesus said in Luke 11:34, “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness”. The next verse also cautions us to, “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness”.
For many years we have heard about the birth of Jesus and the purpose. Jesus’s birth has real meaning in our lives only if there is no darkness in us. In addition to receiving the light, we are to show carry the light to others. Luke 11:33 says, “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light”. We can show Jesus is the light in all that we do. We are to bear witness for Jesus and lead people to the true light.
As we know that it is important to have light in us, we should know how to keep the light and shine for others. Matthew 18:9 says, “if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire”. Bible says the wages of sin is death, which is eternal death. We also know that sin separates us from the presence of God and leads to eternal death. Jesus lived a holy life and asked us to follow His footsteps and follow Him as our example. Jesus overcame temptations in the wilderness with the word of God which is light for our feet. We too can overcome with the Word of God and be in the light. Then the darkness that did not comprehend Jesus cannot comprehend us also. Jesus came as the light from Father and saved the people from darkness. He fulfilled the purpose of His first Advent. Jesus became the light for the people leading them to reformation and eternal life.
Let us self-examine ourselves. Do we have fellowship with Jesus? Is there any darkness in us? Do we need to be cleansed with the blood of Jesus Christ? We cannot say we are in fellowship with Jesus and continue to be in darkness. Is there anything we need to pluck and cast out? Are our eyes on the Lord Jesus? Are we following His example? Are we led by Him in the way of righteousness? Do we have the word of God in our lives and heart? Are we like a candle on the candlestick that shows light for others? Are we following the footsteps of Jesus and overcoming the temptations like Jesus? People saw the Father Almighty through Jesus. Today, can others see Jesus through us? Are others seeing the light in us and finding Jesus?
Every year, we are celebrating Advent, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. Do these special days have an impact on our lives? In Revelation 21:23 and 24 we read, “And the city (New Jerusalem) had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it”. Isaiah prophesised “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” We are waiting for the second Advent of our Lord, is the light of the first Advent shining in us and through us? Are we walking in the light of the LORD and leading others to Him?
May the LORD Jesus be our light and let us follow the light to inherit eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Amen!