Christmas Light
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Lesson One • Jesus is the Light
Pastor Ryan Story

“Dad! There are lights everywhere! I love lights,” roared my son Ezekiel the moment he saw the city of Grand Blanc putting up their Christmas decorations. Zeke is a bit of an extreme person, roared may not completely be the loudest word I can think of. For some reason, I believe children get superpowers when they are strapped in their car seats, and Zeke might have become Banshee for a moment (shout out to all my X-Men fans if you got that reference). 

1. What is your first indication that the Christmas season is upon you?  

 

All this month we are going to be studying various kinds of “Christmas Lights.” This is an amazing opportunity for you to take the time to jump into reading the first few chapters of the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. Each has unique details about the glorious celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth. While we hone in on “different bulbs” of light, we hope you can study the birth of Jesus with fresh eyes and an open heart.

John 1:1-5 records, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

2. When John says “in the beginning” what is he referring to? Why is this significant? 

3. What was there “in the beginning?”

John 1:14 adds, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

4. According to John, what were some ways John describes “the Word?” 

5. Who is “the Word?” How does each of the descriptions John uses point to Him?

Note: Just to point something out that has been a burden on me. If you knew this answer, please do not assume everyone did. One major shortcoming of the church is we do not create a safe place for growing Christians. If we chuckle and mock the simplicity of that answer and assume “everyone should know that,” we fail. Imagine if a person sitting next to you was not raised in a Bible-teaching church. Be careful. Let us not be a church that looks down at those who are growing.

One of the greatest disservices the church has ever allowed is that it has allowed the beauty and splendor of deeper study to be reserved for the academic. I disdain that kind of thinking because when properly taught, theology can illuminate the depth of truth that can help grow a person’s relationship with God to an amazing level. Jesus does say to worship with Spirit and Truth (John 4:24). We are going to jump into some deeper thoughts to see the depth of Jesus being the Light.

John begins his prologue with “the Word.” In John’s original language, Greek, John uses the word “Logos.” While this idea has roots in Hellenistic (Greek) Philosophy, John’s usage of this word is not dependent on worldly philosophical tradition.

“The Word,” or “logos” that John is talking about is the source of all life and all creation. However, for John “logos” is not just a philosophical thought; “logos” was a person. If we jump back to the Gospel of John, we read, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

6. How did Jesus bring you life? 

7. How did Jesus bring the light of men? 

8. What does that light do?

 

Daniel Akin wrote, “The Logos brought light into the darkness of the primordial creation even as He brings light into our world of spiritual darkness; he brought life into the lifeless world of the original creation even as He brings life to those who are spiritually dead.”

There is nothing quite as visually tantalizing as the twinkle of Christmas lights. As excited as we may get when we see Christmas lights and other decorations going up, we should be more excited to show others the true light that lives in us this season.

9. How can people see the light we have inside us?

 

“For by him all things were created,
in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:16-17



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