I love to see all the Christmas lights! They make this dark time of the year much more cheerful. But most of all, they speak to us of “the light of the world.” Jesus said (John 8:12), “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” When God created the sun and the moon he referred to them as lights. Verses 16-18 of Genesis chapter 1 say, “And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”

Psalm 89 is one of the Psalms that David didn’t write. It’s attributed to Ethan the Ezrahite. He sings about the faithfulness of God to bring about the dreams He gives to His people, especially to David. Ethan refers to the sun and moon and physical witnesses to this truth. He sings in verses 35-37, “Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” There is no king in Israel today, but the will be! And He will reign forever and ever. All the Kings of Israel died, but Jesus came back to life and lives to reign forever. Nathaniel said, ‘You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.’ (John 1:49) The disciples knew that Jesus would be king forever. Peter called Jesus’ kingdom ‘eternal’ (2 Peter 1:11).”

Just as the sun, moon and stars stand out as witnesses to the faithfulness of God and His promises, we too should light up the world around us as witnesses to the one true “light of the world” who will dispense the darkness from our lives. He said (Matthew 5:14-16), “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Let those lights shine!