December marks the season of Light. It is the when the days grow shorter and the sky is wrapped in a tapestry of deep indigo blue. Night comes and for many, the thought of darkness is the first to cross our minds.
But consider the evenings in the winter, when the snow has blanketed the ground in deep, glistening crystals of soft white. And that soft white upon the backdrop of deep blue only glows. Then add the clearness of the cloudless sky with the sharp glow of the moon’s light and the brilliant twinkle of the stars.
What was meant to be deep darkness has become the stage for the majesty of light.
The imagery alone brings a smile to my face.
The Word tells us in that at the fullness of time our Savior, Christ Jesus, the Light of the world, was born into the world to save it (GALATIANS 4:4-7). Just when it seemed that humanity had reached its lowest, most depraved point in creation, with darkness claiming to reign, the Light came and shown through the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it (JOHN 1:1-5)!
For those who are Jewish but know Christ as the True Messiah, this is not only the season of Christmas but the season of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication and Light where the darkness of sin sought to steal and desecrate the glory of God but the boldness of faith and a miracle of God cleansed and brought sanctification and rededication.
If you don’t know the story of Hanukkah and the miracle of one day worth of oil burning for eight days, look up the Maccabees. But what I want you to focus on is the urgency of the story to rededicate to God what was already His and to keep the light of the temple burning with purity and sanctification.
Today, you and I, whether Jew or Gentile, are now new creations in Christ, Living stones that make up His Holy Temple (I PETER 2:4-6, I COR. 3:16, 6:19). It is in us that His light now shines. It is through us that the world sees hope beyond the darkness (II COR. 5:20).
We are blessed to carry the most amazing gift of Christ in us.
Let us truly be the city on the hill, burning brightly for Christ for all to see. Let our lives and authenticity of faith be beacons of brightness that draw others to Him (MATT. 5:14).
This is the Season of Light and this Hanukkah and Christmas, let us rededicate our hearts to burn brightly for Him even as we thank Him for being born to die for us!
Happy Holidays and Season of Light.
~Poiema, Poetry in Motion