This Christmas Don’t Dim the Light

John 1: 9 – 14

Jesus “was the true Light which gives light to every man who comes into the world.”  As John the Baptist came “to bear witness of the Light” so each Christian is to today. Don’t be a bushel hiding the Light. Be a candlestick to the Light so it can give light to all around you. 

From our perspective, it would seem that the coming of Christ in Bethlehem would have resulted in world-wide recognition of Him. If not His birth, surely His life and teachings would have revealed Him. Not so! They didn’t receive Him.  Have you?  To receive Him means to acknowledge the fact of Who He is and willingly submit in love to Him as your personal Savior. It means to unconditionally receive Him.

It would be more likely that you could put the Atlantic Ocean in a coke bottle than to get into Heaven without receiving Him.

You could more likely put the North Georgia mountains in an aspirin box than get into Heaven without receiving Him.

You doubt more easily can fly to Heaven in a glider than get there without receiving Him as Savior.

To receive Him means to make room for Him in your life.

John wrote of Jesus as the agent of creation. 

“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:3)

In recent years there has been a wealth of scientific insight gained that refutes evolution and strongly supports creation. Because of a misrepresentation of the principle of separation of church and state, our courts are shielding the minds of enquiring youth from this information.

In the Genesis account of creation after describing part of the creation there is included an expression that is almost parenthetical. It states, “He made the stars also.” (Gen. 1: 16)  It is as though God had an after-thought and as a bonus decided to throw in the stars as part of His creation package also.

Think for a moment about the stars as an evolutionary impossibility. Consider one of our nearest neighbors, the Andromeda Galaxy.  It contains over 200 billion suns larger than our one. A light year is 6 trillion miles. Andromeda is over 2 million light years from our Milky Way. Voyager II is our fastest spacecraft. Traveling in it would require 150 billion years to reach Andromeda.

He “made the stars also.”  How many?  No one really knows; but it is thought that if you had started at the time of Christ’s birth nearly 2,000 years ago and had counted one star per second, you would not have counted half of them yet. 

To assume that happened with orderly design as a result of a cosmic explosion is as preposterous as imagining that a Mercedes resulted from an explosion in a Pittsburgh steel mill.

The babe of Bethlehem made the straw on which He lay. He, in eternity leaned on the chest of His Father without any mother, in time leaned on the breast of His mother without any father. He was as old as His Father and eons older than His mother. He was Immanuel, God with us.

They didn’t receive Him.  Have you?