The Light of Christmas

Lights are a hallmark of the holiday season, but they are not what will ultimately illuminate our hearts.
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One Sabbath day Jesus, who was the Christmas Light, healed a physically blind man. Instead of rejoicing at this clear display of God's power, those who were spiritually blind—some of the religious leaders—chose to oppose it. And they demanded that the man who had been healed, who had seen the Christmas Light, oppose it too. The man, whose eyes had been so recently opened, was unwilling to close them.

Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?" Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from." The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out. (John 9:26-34)

As unjust as their bullying of the formerly blind man was, it was a natural consequence of the Christmas Light. The Christmas Light shines on our souls, calling us to make a decision. As Jesus said in John 9:39, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

This is a season of light, but we don't often think of the Christmas Light as shining a spotlight on our souls. Can you see it?

Stan Guthrie is a CT editor at large. He is author of All That Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us (Baker Books, 2010). Stan is also author of Missions in the Third Millennium and co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism.

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