As the light, Jesus shines into the darkness, and those who have not yet received Him are still in the dark and cannot understand Him. Our eyes was blind, we couldn’t see, we didn’t know who you was.” Have you been ignoring Jesus this year? While some are apathetic and ignore the Christ of Christmas, others reject Him outright.
Please turn in your Bible to John 1 and follow along as I read: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of men.It’s because the world in general has no place for Christ. The visitor stood and spoke in the direction of the voices. “It hurts to see it.” “Light always hurts before it helps,” he answered. The pain will soon pass.” “Not I,” declared a voice. “Only a fool would risk exposing his eyes to such light,” said another. Jesus came “home” to his own people and they wouldn’t take Him in.The word, “understood” means “to lay hold of, to seize or grasp.” Something can be seized either for hostile purposes, or in order to possess it. The darkness cannot ultimately put out the light because light is more powerful than darkness. “I have what you need.” With that he turned to the pile at his feet and lit it. They should have known better because they knew He was coming.He was the forerunner to Jesus and helped prepare the way for people to see Jesus for who He really was. And when Jesus finally arrived, they didn’t receive Him because they didn’t want to.
He was the conduit, if you will, to bring the power of the light to those blinded by darkness. To not receive means, “to reject.” Instead of welcoming Him home they drove Him away.He wanted people to know that the King was about to appear and that His coming demanded a moral renewal. “I have what you need.” The cave people peered through the darkness at the figure of the stranger. This is not just an historical observation; it’s a profound theological statement. And the reason we reject Him is because we want to. To believe means to engage our total being so that we put our trust completely in Christ by committing our lives to Him.He urged people to repent and his primary responsibility was to be a witness to the light. He was stacking something, then stooping and stacking more. While some people seem to be sincere seekers of Christ, the Bible says that most of us are looking to be rid of Him. It involves more than just intellectual assent or an emotional response.The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” The story of the Bible begins with physical darkness in Genesis 1. People are missing the whole significance of His life.” When he finally arrived home, he scribbled some more thoughts on the back of an envelope.To correct this darkness God said, “let there be light.” Spiritual darkness spilled into our world in Genesis 3 and can only be removed by the Lord who is life and light. Take a step of faith.” For a long time no one spoke. His words formed the basis of the song that Kent is going to sing right now: “Sweet little Jesus Boy, they made you be born in a manger. Didn’t know you’d come to save us, Lord, to take our sins away.The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.