Light of the World
Angelo Frazier, Associate Pastor of Outreach & Missions
December 17, 2014
[Isa 9:6 NASB] For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
[Luk 2:8-20 NASB] In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." 15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
[Mat 5:14-16 NASB] "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
This Christmas season reminds us of how beautiful lights can be! Many colors decorate the city from the malls to the neighborhoods. They attract the eye and, somehow, capture the heart. I believe God made it that way. It was for us to be attracted to His light, the Light of the Son, Jesus Christ, who came into this world, foretold by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 9:6, that this Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace would be born to us, Emmanuel.
In Luke 2:8-20, we see the fulfillment of this prophecy. The Savior of the world has been born. The light of the world, God’s true Light, has now pierced the darkness in the form of a baby in a manger. We see when God’s light comes into the world, there are five aspects that are manifested.
1. First, God’s light brings His Presence. This is testified to by the shepherds and Mary that the presence of God was there.
2. God’s light also brings Peace. This is what the angels testified to: Peace on earth.
3. God’s light also brings Purpose. The shepherds had a purpose to go and share what they had seen.
4. God’s light brings Power. Power to fulfill the purpose of His message of Redemption and to shine His light into the darkness.
5. God’s light brings Passion. This is demonstrated by the shepherds, who had a passion to come and see what had been foretold to them by the angels.
If we look at Matthew 5:14-16, we see it is because of Jesus Christ that believers can be the light of the world as we share the Gospel. Salvation’s light can bring people out of the darkness into His true light of Christmas. I believe we are designed by God to be “Light Bearers” as the world’s light comes from the outside in and is temporary, God’s light comes from the inside out and is eternal. This is the true meaning of Christmas—the true light of the world!