I just had the privilege to share the gospel with my sixth form this Christmas. These Men and Women are the future of this generation and have such potential to change the world for the better.
We had some brilliant singing and it was a great atmosphere.
The Great Light – Jesus
For quite some time I have had this burning in my heart….
2 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.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Have you ever been round to someone’s house and needed to loo in the middle of the night and not known where the light switch was? I found myself recently stumbling around my friends flat in Edinburgh trying to find the light switch to the toilet. It was a most awkward experience but eventually I found it. I was glad as it is not the easiest thing, as a man, aiming for the loo in pitch black.
It’s not easy bumbling around in the darkness, maybe with no hope or direction or guidance and for some this can be a symbolic picture of where we at in our lives now when we look deep down in our heart of hearts!
Every Christmas we are reminded of some extremely awesome news. This is that a great light has shone and this light is Jesus.
16 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.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
We have heard it so many times but stop and think a while on this line “for God so Loved us that he gave his one and only son” or ” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given “Gods great gift to mankind was His Son Jesus. God came himself and dwelt among us and this is why so that through Him and what Jesus went on to do on the cross for us we may not perish but have eternal life!
This Christmas when we open our presents and receive all those lovely gifts may we remember that God sent His Son for us because He loves us. And that we no longer have to stumble around in darkness but have the Great Awesome Light, the light of Christ!
But what is “Eternal Life”?
3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
May these words challenge and comfort all those that heard them and may we come to really know Jesus this Christmas.