Advent Series by Laurie Marks Vincent
Christmas Eve: Christ The Light
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2
Through out the story of Christ’s birth, there was always a great light light that shone. When the angel appeared to the shepherds in the field, scripture tells us “the glory of the Lord shone all around them” [Luke 2:9]. A brilliant star also shone in the eastern night sky at the time of Christ’s birth. What is the purpose of this new star on this special occasion? It’s light was brighter than all the other stars in the sky. It appeared closer than all the others and it was specifically positioned in the east. The light from this star led the wise men on a 6 month journey, leading them directly to where Jesus was. When they arrived, they bowed and gave offerings. Their offerings were gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
The star placed in the eastern sky at his birth was significant to his arrival. In the same way, when he returns again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, he will come by way of the eastern gate. Scripture tells us that God revealed to Ezekiel that the Eastern Gate will be closed and will not be reopened until the Messiah returns in glory [Ezekial 44:1-3].. Today the eight gates surrounding Jerusalem all remain open with the exception of the eastern gate. It has been sealed closed, with a Muslim grave at it’s entrance. It’s assumed that a Jew will not walk through a Muslim grave and so it will forever prohibit the Messiah’s return. We know this will not stop him from returning to judge the living and the dead. What a glorious sight when he returns for his children! His light will once again pierce the darkness of the night sky.
He is the light of the world. The star that hung in the east still has significance today. It’s true that wise men still follow after his light. He also calls us the light of the world, a town built on a hill that cannot be hidden. [Matthew 5:14] A town seen from a distance, shines bright in the darkness. This is because all the lights together can dispel a vaster amount of darkness. Where does the light shine? Let me say it this way:
“Follow his light. Shine from within to dispel the darkness, as you bring your most valuable and treasured gifts surrendered to him, while keeping your eyes on the eastern sky for his soon return.”
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, Give me boldness to shine for you. Lead me to places where your light is needed, to dispel the darkness. I bring my most treasured gifts, my heart, my personal and material belongings to you and surrender them for your use and glory. Help me to let your light shine within me, that all will be drawn to know you, until the day of your glorious return. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Contributing Author: Laurie Marks Vincent
Christian Inspirational Speaker, Author, Songwriter, Award Winning Vocalist
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