The Light Of The World: Christmas Series Part 7 of 7.

Matthew 4:12-16

“Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.’”

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400 years before Jesus was born, God was silent. There was no word from Him, no prophets of God, nothing.  Then suddenly, quietly, everything changed!  A tiny, helpless little baby was born to a poor family in Bethlehem.  When this child was grown, He would bring light and hope into a dark world where both were very, very far away.

“I am the light of the world.” (Jesus said).  “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life…” in John 8:12.

(Hanukkah Sameach:  Happy Hanukkah!)

The Festival Of Lights:  Hanukkah.
Interesting that the Festival of Lights is celebrated at this time of year, isn’t it? If you do the math, however, it’s clear that Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb in December, even though He was actually born in September, so celebrating Christmas in December is not so far off base after all. 🥰
Getting back to Hanukkah, even though the event it commemorates is not recorded in scripture, it’s nice to know that God didn’t forget His people, even though He was silent, just as in the book of Esther where He hid His face yet was working behind the scenes in their favor.
(For more on the story of Esther, you may follow the link below to a series about her:
During this 400 years of silence, the people were ruled, or should I say, “Oppressed,” by the Greeks.  These detestable people actually desecrated the Jewish Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar!  DISGUSTING! 😡 They even forced them to worship idols, forbid the reading of the Torah, and they were forbidden to follow it’s laws.
But God delivered His people!  A priest named, “Mattityahu,” and his sons led a small group of men against an overwhelming number of the Syrian/Greek army, 25,000 strong.
It was during the re-dedication of the Temple that this miracle occurred.  The priests discovered that there was only one bottle of undefiled oil to light the Menorrah.  That’s enough for only one day!
That’s when the miracle occurred that the Jewish people commemorate in the holiday known as “Hanukkah,” the Festival of Lights.  That one day’s supply of oil lasted for seven days! 😮

Jesus is The Light of the world! 
#1) Natural Light.
It’s no surprise that God has a lot to say about light in His word.  You can see it so clearly in the Tabernacle of ancient Israel. The entire structure is actually a picture of Jesus.  We can learn much about The Light of the world by studying it.
Biblically speaking, there are three kinds of light.  In the picture below, the illumination of the outer court of the tabernacle, of course, comes from the sun. At night, light emanates from the moon and the stars. This is “Natural light.”  Most people, like your friends and colleagues, live only in this kind of light.  It’s all they know.

#2) Light Of The Church:  The Menorah.
Inside the tabernacle, in the Holy Place where the menorah, table of showbread and the altar of incense are located, you’ll notice that there are no windows.The light in this place comes from the seven-lamp menorah, which depicts the Church,as indicated by Revelation 1:13.  The light in this in-between place comes from her.

In the picture above, you see the tabernacle completely covered by the four tent coverings.   The Holy Place is not visible from the outside, thus the light from the lampstand, the church, cannot be seen from outside.  People of the world, who live only by natural light, cannot be expected to understand the light you have, Church.  It is inside you; no windows. They cannot see or comprehend it.

“And the light (Jesus) shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  John 1:5

There is no use trying to convince them about the light, either. Our part, Church, is to PREACH, NOT EXPLAIN, the light which is that Jesus loves them and died for their sins.  Our task is to reconcile the world unto Jesus NOT to condemn them as well as to edify the church.
#3) The Only Light: Jesus.
Above is a picture of the Holy of Holies.  Again, notice there are NO windows. Note also that thought there is light, there is NO LAMP. Where does light come from in this part of the Tabernacle? From Jesus. Jesus is the light! 🙌🏻💖


The very first words spoken by God recorded in Genesis 1:3 are-“Let there be light.”  In Hebrew, however, it is only two words:

“E-yehi owr: Light be [יהי אור]

These two letters spell [יה]-yod-hei, spell “Ya,” the short form of “Yahweh.” God literally spoke His own Name and then spoke the word Light:  owr-[אור].

It’s a perfect portrayal of John 1:1-5
1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the LIGHT of men. 5 And the LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
That’s our Jesus!

He was born on a night that was very, very dark until angels lit up the sky, making it as bright as day.  When Jesus suffered for the human race, for three hours mid-day became as dark as midnight so that you and I, Church, could always walk in the light!

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and darkness was everywhere.  Though world began with no light, it will end with no night because of Jesus!  Even so, Lord, COME!

In these last days, it is once again a very, VERY dark time in history, perhaps the darkest it has ever been.  Now, MORE THAN EVER,  need Jesus!  We need the LIGHT of the World!

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