John 1:9 ¶ The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
That first Bethlehem morning must have seemed a little brighter than any day before it. The Light of the world had broken through the darkness, the world would never be the same. You can see from the very beginning the implications of this light. Those that were drawn to it would do anything or sacrifice anything to get to this light. Shepherds came from their flocks and wise men traveled hundreds of miles for one glimpse of the Light of the world.
At the same time those who loved darkness resisted with all their power and influence. King Herod did his best to snuff out the light, lowering himself to kill possibly hundreds of infants to keep his world in the dark. Today not much has changed. There are millions who love the light and many who would do anything to spread it. There are others who spend their lives in darkness trying their best to block others from the light. Here is how J.C. Ryle describes this light entering our world.
“Christ is to the souls of men what the sun is to the world. He is the centre and source of all spiritual light, warmth, life, health, growth, beauty, and fertility. Like the sun, He shines for the common benefit of all mankind—for high and for low, for rich and for poor, for Jew and for Greek. Like the sun, He is free to all. All may look at Him, and drink health out of His light. If millions of mankind were mad enough to dwell in caves underground, or to bandage their eyes, their darkness would be their own fault, and not the fault of the sun. So, likewise, if millions of men and women love spiritual “darkness rather than light,” the blame must be laid on their blind hearts, and not on Christ. “Their foolish hearts are darkened.” But whether men will see or not, Christ is the true sun, and the light of the world. There is no light for sinners except in the Lord Jesus.”
So for us Christians, Christmas is a celebration of light. We remember how dark the world was without Christ and we are grateful to experience the light of His love. Just as the Shepherds worshipped when the light burst through with the songs of the angels, we join in the heavenly chorus and sing the songs of this Celebration of Light.