Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rediscovering the Christmas Season Together: Day 5 - Lights

Today's reading includes three Scriptures.

Matthew 4:12-17
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

The second reading is from Isaiah 9:1-3, where this prophecy was first spoken:

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.


The third reading is from Matthew 5:14-16, when Jesus spoke to the people from on the mountain (from what we call the Sermon on the Mount):

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.


Exposure: Read these passages about Jesus being the light. Research the beginnings of the tradition of Christmas lights. Go around town with a group of friends or family and look at the different expressions of lights.

Exploration: How is Jesus the light of world? Think about the scientific facts you know about light. In what ways is light the perfect illustration God created from the beginning to illuminate who Jesus is?

Expression:
Why do you think Jesus refers to His followers as the light of the world? What would that mean for your life to be a light in your relationships and situations?

Experience:
How has your life been a light to those around you? Make a point to be light during this season.

2 comments:

  1. I believe Jesus wanted the Gospel to be preached everywhere through His disciples, that is why He said that they are the light of the world. For me I must take this Gospel where it is not gone, through my life and words, so that I can be also a light of the world.

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  2. Jesus told his disciples that you are the light of the world because they are the main people who shared Jesus' testimony to all the rest of the world and shared the miracles that Jesus did. When people see our good deeds that draw them to Jesus Christ.
    May many people come to Jesus Christ through my life.

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