Let There Be Light

The light of Christmas was a baby in a manager.  A baby who grew into a man who proclaimed the year of the Lord.  Jesus came to “call us back to God” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).  The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, for he was anointed to bring Good News to the poor. He was sent by God to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come (Luke 4).

He came to release you.  He came to give you sight.  He came to proclaim to you that the Lord’s favor is available to you.

In the song “Let there be Light” (by Hillsong, album Let There be Light), the words beautifully capture the reason for Christmas:

Let there be light
Open our eyes to Your heart
Desperate just to know who You are
Shine in us we pray
Jesus have Your way
Good news embracing the poor
Comfort for all those who mourn
For the broken hearted
We sing louder
Release from prison and shame
Oppression turning to praise
For every captive
Sing louder
Restoring sight to the blind
Breaking the curse of the night
For all in darkness
Sing louder
Proclaiming freedom for all
This is the day of the Lord
Beauty for ashes
Let there be light
Open the eyes of the blind
Purify our hearts in Your fire
Breathe in us we pray

At Christmas, we are reminded that he came to us and he came for us.  Jesus, a real human being, was born into this world.  He became like you in order that he might save you.  A star that shone high above Bethlehem announcing his coming also foretold that Jesus brought with him the great light of God to shine the way back to him.  This Christmas, rejoice an say “Let there be light!” for the light has come and the light is come.

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