The Light Revealed
Christmas Sermon Series: Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come!
Sermon Title: The Light Revealed
The light of Christ shines into the darkened lives of the children of man, but only those who are born again can see the glory of the light.
All mankind is shadowed in the darkness of our rebellion, unable to see the deep, dangerous chasm that separates us from God. In today’s passage--the prologue of the gospel of John--the apostle describes God’s rescue mission of those heading to sure death. God sends Jesus Christ, the light prophesied by Isaiah centuries earlier!
Point 1: The Light Revealed
The apostle John begins his prologue by utilizing two metaphors for Jesus Christ: the Word (v. 1, 14) and the light (v. 4, 9). Grace and truth came through Jesus (v. 17), and He reveals to us the Father (v. 14) and the way of salvation (v. 12). This road to salvation is the Word who is God Himself (v. 1). He became flesh in the form of Jesus Christ and radiates the glory of the one and only God (v. 14).
Point 2: The Light Rejected
Jesus as the light came into a sin-darkened world (v. 9) that opposes Him (v. 5). He is neither recognized by mankind nor received by God’s people (v. 10-11) because they experience spiritual blindness due to Satan (2 Cor. 4:3-4) as well as their own sinful hearts (1 John 2:11). Man embraces darkness and rejects the light (John 3:19-20).
Point 3: The Light Received
All people are born spiritually dead in their sins (Eph. 2:1). Yet not all is lost, for there is hope because of new life. Those who receive and believe become children of God (v. 12). Believers attest to Jesus’ glory because their eyes are opened (v. 14). Eternal life is found in Jesus, God’s Son (v. 4, 1 John 5:11-12). This second birth comes directly by God’s initiative (v. 13). Absent spiritual birth, man cannot see the light of Christ.
Jesus, the light and the Word, is God in the flesh. For Christians, this truth serves as a reminder that God caused us to be born again, not ourselves (Eph. 2:4-9). Being made alive together with Christ prompts us to have compassion on those in darkness. For unbelievers, do you find anything attractive in Jesus, the light of the life of men? If so, the Holy Spirit is opening your eyes to the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6).