Christmas Lights Shining
Recently the glistening lights of Black Fox Farms in Cleveland, TN mesmerized us with the joy of the Christmas season.
To enlighten our minds even more as to The Light that came to earth that first Christmas, we gathered Scripture passages for our illumination.
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isa. 60:1–3 ESV )
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. (Isa. 9:2 ESV)
The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory. (Isa. 60:19 NIV)
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4–5 NASB)
“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46 NASB)
So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” … (John 12:35–36 NASB)
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (2 Cor. 4:6–7 NLT)
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (2 Cor. 4:4 NLT)
Light shines on the godly,
and joy on those whose hearts are right. (Ps. 97:11 NLT)
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. (Ps. 112:4 NLT)
The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. (Prov. 13:9 NIV)
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day. (Prov. 4:18 ESV)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14–16 ESV)
And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand?
“For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.” (Mark 4:21–22 NASB)
But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
For this reason it says,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Eph. 5:13–17 NASB)
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us. (Ps. 4:6 NIV)
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Phil. 2:14–16 ESV)
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. (Rev. 21:23 NASB)
Therefore, as you contemplate the lights of Christmas, consider The Light of the World and allow His light to shine brightly in your life this Christmas season.