“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” – Genesis 1:1-5
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them a light has shone…For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:2, 6
“Again 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.'” – John 8:12
Christmas celebrates the ultimate revelation of God to His creation through the birth of Jesus! But the truth is that God has always been a God of revelation. It is God’s character to reveal Himself to us. In other words, the Christmas story has been proclaimed from the very beginning…day one…in God’s own words, “Let there be light”.
These words from the heavenly Father were not the creation of the physical lights of this world; the sun, the moon, the stars. This was the Creator revealing Himself, the Light, into the darkness. It was a revelation! It was The Word (John 1:1) bringing life and light into the formless darkness and He has continued to this day. It is who God is…Light!
Isaiah gave testimony to this awesome characteristic about our God when He prophesied that the Messiah would shed “light” into our darkness. Jesus said He was the Light of the world. Christmas is more than a once a year event. It is a revelation of who God is all the time. He is a God who reveals Himself to us. He brings hope into our despair. He brings healing into our hurt. He brings forgiveness and mercy where we deserve condemnation. He sets the prisoner free and raises the dead.
He is the God who brings light into our darkness.
The first “Merry Christmas” was “Let there be light”