Soon, almost immediately after God said let there be light, the same place that saw Gods word expressed in form of light was plunged into utter darkness. As it were negating the first call made. The same man who was created and made in power fell from power and lost authority and perfection. The need to reintroduce the light that once existed became expedient. That light as used by John was that which gave illumination in the beginning, even before the sun was created. that light was reintroduced and we remember him today. [Isaiah 9:2] “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.”
Christmas is not about the Liberator’s infancy; it is about His deity. The meek birth of Jesus Christ was never envisioned to screen the realism that God was being born into the world. He was fully human, with all the needs and emotions that are common to us all. Yet He was also fully God–all wise and all powerful. The Greek word translated “image” means a perfect replica, a precise copy, a duplicate. Paul was saying that God Himself is fully manifest in the Person of His Son, who is none other than Jesus Christ. He is the exact image of God. Jesus Himself said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). In Colossians 1:15 Paul says Jesus is “the first born of all creation.”
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was not only the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, but the dawn of a new age. As the angels declared to the shepherds, this infant is “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “When Isaiah expressed the coming of Jesus, he spoke of light dissipating darkness. The representation of light is fundamental to our festivity.
Preaching on a Christmas morning almost five hundred years ago, Martin Luther reminded his congregation that the proper response to the Christian story is not mere rejoicing nor casual interest, but faith. The message of Christmas is received when Jesus Christ is not merely affirmed as the baby in Bethlehem’s manger, but as one’s own Savior and Lord. Regardless of what your convictions are, realize that you won’t be here but for him. Hence, celebrate first by acknowledging him and accepting him so you’ll know peace.
Jesus said: “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” [John 8:12] This is the sum and substance of Christmas. The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who have lived in a dark land have now experienced the shining of the Light of life.
Suffice this to be a call to proper understanding as to the real essence of what we celebrate. Whatever thing which its purpose isn’t known is always abused. Jesus showed us the way. He taught us the originality of God our father in His true form LOVE. Today recognize him and personalize his birth, so you can express that which has been gotten.