The Light of the World
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”” John 8:12
Jesus probably spoke these words at Hanukkah (meaning ‘dedication’ in Hebrew), also called “The Festival of Lights,” at the Temple in Jerusalem. The celebration commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple by Judah Maccabee in 165 BC after Antiochus IV Epiphanes defiled it. According to tradition, there was only enough holy oil to light the Menorah (Temple lampstand) for one day of the eight-day ceremony but the oil miraculously lasted for the entire eight days. If you look at Hanukkah menorahs today, you will see nine candles, with a raised candle used to light the other eight, a new candle for each day of the festival. Messianic Jews, who believe that Jesus is the promised “Anointed One,” recognize this higher candle, called the ‘servant,’ as a beautiful picture of Jesus, the Suffering Servant and also the Light of the world.
At this time of the year, followers of Jesus around the world celebrate the Light that He brought into this world when He was born in Bethlehem, over 2,000 years ago. The lights on Christmas trees remind us of His Light, which He offers to every person who believes in Him so that darkness will not overtake us.
FLAG Faith and Law Around the Globe is using this imagery of Jesus as the Light in our next Global Convocation in April 2019. The theme is “Bringing Light to the Nations.” Our schedule progresses through stages:
Friday morning: The God of Light
Friday afternoon: Bringing Light to My Brokenness
Saturday: Bringing Light to My Workplace
Sunday: Bringing Light to My Community
Monday: Bringing Light to Dark Places
Please join us at FLAG 2019 to learn how you can reflect His light in your family, workplace, community, nation and the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Merry Christmas to all as we celebrate the birth of our LORD and KING!