D – Darkness —> Christmas is a season of lights. Houses glow, trees twinkle, candles burn. Everything looks bright and cheery. What would Christmas be without lights?
The purpose of light is to give illumination, to cast out darkness. That is just what Christ did on the night of his birth. Light of the World come as a baby to pierce the darkness. Simeon acknowledged this when he declared him “a light of revelation to the Gentiles.”
Darkness, sin and evil, has filled this world since Adam and Eve first chose to break fellowship with God. As an adult, Jesus said, “the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.” Even though we are desperately in need of Light, we still cling to the darkness.
Many of the carols we sing remind us of the condition of man and the hope found only in the Light of Christ. Below are just a few examples.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! – Oh Holy Night
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found – Joy to the World
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
While it may seem strange to use the word darkness to describe Christmas, it is the essence of why Christ came to earth. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” Jesus came so men could turn from darkness to light.
On a night long ago in Bethlehem, Light was seen in human form. He continues to “shine on those who sit in darkness to guide us into peace.” Oh, glorious night, when darkness was driven away.
Lk. 1:78-79, Lk. 2:25-35, Acts 26:15-18, Jn. 3:17-19