The True Christmas Light

“…and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”
Matthew 2:9b, 10
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
John 12:46
Tonight I watched a show on PBS called “Christmas in Yellowstone”. Most of the program was filled with beautiful shots of nature along with narration.
When the program started and the narrator began speaking, a picture of darkness on the TV screen was shortly lit by several Christmas trees adorned with white lights. She was saying, “Christmas always starts with a light in the darkness.” She was speaking, of course, of the tree lighting ceremonies.
But yes! The first Christmas did indeed start with a light in the darkness!
The wise men followed the bright star that illuminated the darkness of night, to bring gifts to the real, true Light in the darkness, the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. It had to have been an outstandingly bright light, too. Two thousand years ago there was no light pollution blotting out God’s beautiful night sky of glittering stars. The air was pure also, making visibility easy. Imagine an almost black night sky, lit not by city lights, but only by millions upon millions of stars. Think how bright the one star must have been to stand out from all the others! Among the millions of stars, the Magi looked heavenward and  saw the brightest one, focused on it and followed it to Jesus.
Now, Jesus is our Light in the dark, fallen world in which we live. If we focus on Him, we will follow Him and if we follow Him we will one day be made whole, trading in not just our broken down, pain filled bodies, but our sinful ones as well, for a new and perfect one.
As the program came to a close, the television screen again dark, then lit only by red lights on Christmas trees, the narrator spoke: “Christmas ends as it began — with lights dancing in the dark.” For Christians, Christmas never ends, for God gave us Christ for eternity.
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Priscilla Ervin lives in Arlington, TX with her husband of 31 years. Together they fight her Fibromyalgia, Chronic Epstein Barr and other medical conditions. Jesus is always her Light, and helps her through the darkest days of pain and illness.