December 20, 2015 4th Sunday of Advent
The Light of Christmas
Sharing the Love of God With Others
Synopsis: The Love Light of God got the attention of the Magi even though they live in a far and distant land. They were not of the linage of Abraham, but they were attracted to the light of God’s love (Matthew 2:1-12).
Their journey of discovery led the Magi to Herod but there was no “LOVE LIGHT” shining there. The religious leaders in Jerusalem pointed to Bethlehem but it was the “LOVE LIGHT” of God that guided them to Jesus. Even as just a child the love of God radiated from His presence. The same is true today. God’s “LOVE LIGHT” shines brightly from the resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Plus, the “LOVE LIGHT” of God is reflected through the lives of believers every day.
Believers need to let the “LOVE LIGHT” of God shine through their lives every day of the year and especially at Christmas. People all around them will be attracted to the LOVE LIGHT of God.
Every gift has the potential of blessing in two ways. There is the joy of the giver and the joy of the one receiving the gift. All who receive God’s gift of love are filled with joy. That is the joy that the gift brings to the ones who receive the gift, but that pales in comparison to the joy that the giver receives. There is great joy in heaven whenever someone else receives God’s gift of love in Christ Jesus. You will never know a greater joy than the joy of the gift of love God has given you in His Son Jesus Christ.
Text (NLT): Matthew 2:1-12, NRSV; John 15:9-17
Scripture Reading: John 15:9-17