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Yesterday we started looking at the topic, “The Light of Christmas.” One of the passages in the Bible that has a lot to say about Jesus being light is John chapter one. If Jesus is really the light of the world, how should we respond?
The first way we should respond is by realizing why He WAS BORN.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus was born of a virgin and came into this world? Jesus was born to be the light of the world. The world needs that light because it is in the darkness of sin.
In verses 4-5 John says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
The reason is because man is dead in his sins and needs life. The word “life” is used 36 times in the gospel of John.
In the same way that physical life cannot exist without the light from the sun, man cannot have spiritual life without the Son of God.
In fact, when the angel told Joseph why Mary she was going to give birth this is what she was told:
Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (NIV)
When God created the world in Genesis chapter 1 He said, “Let there be light” and what followed was life.
Without Jesus, the light of Christmas, there would be no escape from the darkness of sin.
John 8:12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, ” I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.
As a boy Robert Louis Stevenson was intrigued by the work of the old lamplighter who went through the city streets with a ladder and torch, lighting the gas lamps for the night. One evening in Edinburgh, Scotland, as young Robert stood watching with childish fascination, his parents heard him say, “Look, look! There is a man out there punching holes in the darkness!”
With one statement of childish wonder, Robert Louis Stevenson summed up the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came into this world to punch great gaping holes in the spiritual darkness that encompasses this world. He came to be The Light Of The World.
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,  in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
As the light of the world , Jesus brings spiritual light into our lives which enables us to see the truth concerning God and ourselves.
In May, Debra and I flew back to Orlando Florida to Disney World. Have you ever been on a plane and listened to the flight attendant’s instructions about what to do in case of an emergency? They say the same thing, every day on every flight. And no one ever listens to them.
Why? One reason is because the presentation is so boring! Let’s face it, even the flight attendants look bored out of their minds making the presentation! Plus, most of us have flown multiple times and have heard the same thing over and over! So, we just zone out and drift off into “la la land.”
This same dynamic can also happen in our relationship with God. We have a hard time staying close to Him. Our tendency is to drift off on our own and that’s when we get into trouble.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups… Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. (MSG)
Back in 1945 the U.S. Navy rolled out their first digital computer. It filled an entire room. One day though it just stopped working so they called in the technicians. They couldn’t figure out why it had stopped so they called in a few scientists. Finally, after a more thorough search, they found that deep inside the computer, a moth had crawled between two electrical contact points and was stuck. As a result, the circuit couldn’t be closed. As soon as the moth was removed, the computer started working again.
When sin comes between you and God it disrupts your fellowship with Him. How do you get the spiritual “bugs” out of your relationship with God? If you’ve drifted away from God, the best way to get back into fellowship with Him is to simply ask Him for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)
Asking for forgiveness will always restore your fellowship with God and bring you back to Him. And always remember, God’s promise to forgive you is not based on a feeling you have but on His faithfulness and righteousness.