Light in the Darkness

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“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46).

The Lord came on earth to give light in a time of spiritual darkness. This is beautifully pictured in the story of the shepherds who were the first to visit the newborn King (Luke 2:8-16).

Spiritual Light

  • The shepherds were watching over their sheep in the dark of night when an angel came to them. The shepherds may have had a fire burning to keep them warm, but its light was nothing compared to the light that enveloped them when the angel appeared.
  • This light was a spiritual light, and it was desperately needed in the world. The heavenly light of truth no longer shone in people’s minds. Spiritual darkness can be present with us today as well. But if we look to the Lord in the truths of the Word, the glory of the Lord—heavenly light—can shine in our minds and dispel our spiritual darkness.
  • Imagine what the shepherds saw when they hurried to see the baby Lord. Perhaps they saw bright light around the infant and Mary, His mother. They surely knew that this Child was like no other.
  • As we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s birth, it may be helpful to think about why He came on earth. “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79).

Some resources relating to heavenly light:

Using Light in Our Celebration of Christmas

How do you use light as you celebrate Christmas?

  • Electric lights on a Christmas tree? Outdoor decorations?
  • Advent candles or other candles that you light in the evenings?
  • As we burn candles at Christmas time and decorate with lights, we can think of that special light that shone on the first Christmas.

Some resources relating to using light in our celebrations:

  • “Christmas Candles” by Lorentz Soneson
    A family article on how beautiful candles at Christmastime can remind us of the "glory of the Lord" that shone around the angel who appeared to the Shepherds on the first Christmas.
  • Making and Using Candles (ages 7-up) 
    Here are several ways to make or decorate candles and a variety of suggestions for incorporating candlelight into your Christmas celebration.
  • Cookie Cutter Candles
    Put a wick in the middle of layers of beeswax cut into special shapes with cookie cutters.


As we enjoy the illumination of candles and lights during this Christmas season, let us think about the glory of the Lord and welcome the heavenly light shining through His Word.

Come and let us walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5).

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