Most of us do not remember a time before electric lighting and, therefore, do not fully appreciate what a change that made to daily life. Yes, I dare to say that it would be hard for us to imagine the huge difference there would be in our lifestyle without electricity. Another light that many of us take for granted today, my friends, is the babe in the manger, Jesus the light of the world. The coming of that light changed the world forever. It is hard for us to appreciate His impact on the world because we have no recollection of the world before Jesus. I want us to consider the importance and blessings of Jesus as the Light of the world. My friends, light brings sight and understanding. If you look in the dictionary the first definition for "'light" is "'something that makes vision possible". In other words, light makes it possible for us to see. Without light, we are hopelessly blind, blind to our surroundings, blind to our situations and circumstances, blind to even our selves. Light makes it possible for us to see clearly things as they really are. Before Jesus, most of the world was spiritually blind. It was unable to see spiritual truth. The world had become blind because it had rejected God. You see, as the apostle, John says, "'God is light." If you push God out of your life, you will become blind. That is what the world did. Romans I :21, "For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened." Jesus came as light to help a blind world regain its sight. "I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in me may not remain in darkness." "And Jesus said, "I came into this world that those who do not see, may see.
Thanks to Jesus, we can say 'Once we were blind but now we see.' Matthew 4:16 tells us that the coming of Jesus fulfilled the prophecy given in Isaiah 9:2, "the people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned." When you have Jesus, the True Light, in your life, you do not need to fear anything. He offers the best protection. He provides true safety. Nothing can break through the wall of defense which He builds around His own. Are you walking in the Light today or are you still in darkness? Unless you believe in Jesus as your Savior, unless you have repented, decided to leave a life of sin and have chosen to dedicate your life to please Him. Unless you have confessed your belief that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, you still are living in darkness and have yet to know the full benefits of His light. I want to plead with you today not to miss the wonder of the birth of Christ, the light of the world. Do not allow any one to rob you of the joys God has for you today. He is worthy of your praise today. His birth is the greatest light in the world today!