This next Sunday we will begin the celebration of Christ’s birth with a candlelight service. This practice began as a reminder that Jesus Christ came in human form to be the Light of the world. (Jn. 8:12) As He passed this “light” to us through the Holy Spirit at the time we begin our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we celebrate “passing on His “Light” (the Gospel) to others through the lighting of candles one to another. This practice began in 1918 with what was called “The carol and the Candle” in London. We continue this practice in churches today as both a reminder of His Light and our responsibility to not only have His Light within, but also to pass His Light to others throughout the year! God’s Word has much to say about this topic…
- Source of Light
- God’s presence (Ex.34:29-30; Matt.17:2)
- Personal relationship with God (Acts 9:3)
- Promise of Christ’s return (Lk. 17:24)
- God’s Blessings (Num. 6:25)
- The Gospel (2 Cor. 4:6)
- Demonstration of Light
- Good works (Matt. 5:16)
- Unrestricted (Matt. 5:14)
- Clear instruction (Eph. 5:8)
- Blamelessness & Innocence (Phil. 2:15)
- Wisdom & righteous example (Dan. 12:3)
- Fellowship with believers (1 Jn. 1:7)
- Eyewitness belief (Jn. 12:36)
- Righteousness (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 13:43)
- Armor of light (Rom. 13:12)
- Salvation for others (Acts 13:47)
“Shining Lights” has also been revealed as God’s theme for this assembly of believers in 2018. In the coming weeks, we will seek to keep this command as our priority in our worship, service, and daily living!
“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.”
Verses for Shining Lights
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.
There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
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,
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
By: Pastor Todd Rutkowski
Dec. 17, 2017