LIGHT FOR THE NATIONS
During this season of the year, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus,the only event in human history that was able to change the final and eternal chapter of mankind. One of the most important aspects of Christ’s coming was bringing “light” to dispel darkness.
What would you see if we had a large world map with little lights in every place where there is a witness to Jesus the Savior, where the Bible is printed and read, and where there is a local church – the Body of Christ? Imagine with me, looking across this world and seeing these little lights shining in so many places where we didn’t think there was any witness! AMAZING!
Now, imagine looking at this world map and seeing borders; not borders of countries, but borders of people groups – over 17,000 little areas of the world. Now, look again. Some of these areas have no light; NOT ONE! They are totally dark.
At the birth of Jesus, Zechariah prophesied about his son John the Baptist, that he “will be called prophet of the Most High…to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins…to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” (Luke 1:76-79). To confirm the words of Zechariah, Simeon says after Jesus’ birth, “for my eyes have seen Your salvation that You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel” (2:30–32).
Those dark places on our world map are going to have the light of Jesus! Will you be a ‘light carrier’ in some way?
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