Thoughts on Prayer: A Great Light—Part Two (A Christmas Eve Meditation)
(Excerpt from: Thoughts on Prayer:A Journey in the Land of Father’s Love)
Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16″…The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…”
No one knows when Jesus was born. It could have been during the Jewish celebration of Sukkot. His birth during this time of year would have painted a lovely picture of our Savior tabernacling with us. Another possibility could have been in the Jewish month of Kielev. Hanukkah begins on the 25th of this month(Asher Intrater). According to Messianic Rabbi Asher Intrater’s post in Revive Israel: “The 25th word of Genesis in Hebrew is “Light”. If Yeshua were born on the 25th of December, then He would have been circumcised on January 1st(Luke 2:21). The 8th day of Hanukkah, when all the lights are lit, occurs during the new moon of Tenet, making it the darkest night of the darkest month in the Hebrew calendar”.
During this darkest of nights approximately 2000 years ago+/-, angels appeared in the night sky in all of heaven’s glory. They announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds tending their flock. From what I have read, it has been suggested these were no ordinary shepherds. The sheep they tended were born and raised to die as the sacrificial lambs in temple worship. They were bred to be without spot or blemish. They could have no imperfections of any kind. Interesting foreshadowing, isn’t it? The Light of the world would become the Lamb of God to take away our sin. (God’s word is so rich, isn’t it?)
What to make of all this? Jesus spoke of someone else being the light of the world, didn’t he? Matthew 5:14 He states:”You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”He was speaking to the multitudes in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. His eternal word speaks to us today. You and I are the light of the world. If we hide ourselves away… If we are less than our true authentic selves, our lights won’t shine out into the world. People are walking in darkness. They are looking for light: direction, revelation, healing, guidance, a change, etc. We are light bearers. We can point them to Jesus just because of who and Whose we are. As we walk in unity with one another having our hearts and minds intent on one purpose: to glorify the Lord Jesus, exalt Him and encourage one another along the way…we will become a great light. Darkness will flee. It will have no choice. To simplify:Love God first. Love others as you love yourself.
Be blessed to know Him more deeply as the Light of the world. Let his light shine.