FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR MARK
The true LIGHT of the World…
Do you drive around and look at Christmas lights with your family or friends? That was one of our fun traditions in Minnesota- sometimes we’d walk and crunch through the snow, seeing the almost-magical lights reflected on the moonlit snow. As I see the Christmas lights this year, I remember those days (back in the last Century!) and it never gets old seeing the warm, glowing colors joyfully piercing the blackness of these December nights.
Some people get lights up early. One family on our block had a Christmas tree up, with lights on, in the picture window, the night after Halloween- now that’s EARLY! Other families go to extraordinary lengths with their light displays- each house seemingly trying to outdo the other with a more brilliant blaze of multicolored lights then the next guy.
But those Christmas lights only point to a far greater and more glorious light – the Light that first shone in the world in a Bethlehem manger. This light- THE Light of the world- is what Christmas is all about. That light is what the world was waiting for long before it came. That light is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-Man. We read of this in John 8:12, “Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” And the darkness could not extinguish that Light!
This past year has been a dark year, hasn’t it?... and the year before that was even darker! We’ve all seen some statistics and have felt some impact from Covid to one degree or other. We all hope and pray that we’re past the worst of it.
But as we emerge from these dark times, the Light of the world, Jesus, is still shining brightly, welcoming one and all to come into His glorious Kingdom of Light- and life. In John 11:25, Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though He die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
At FCCC, we will celebrate Christ’s birthday with a Kid’s program on Dec 18- plus, Christmas sermons throughout the month, and a Christmas Eve service, too.
I hope this will be a wonderful Christmas of health, peace and joy for you and your household- a Christmas that you will want to remember- a Christmas centered around the Light that shines through ANY dark time we face- Jesus... He is God’s Gift to you! Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! Merry Christmas everyone!