Posts Tagged ‘Light of The World’

What is Christmas really all about? It’s about amazing love, and a child, a Saviour, who came to save humanity.

The message of Christmas is told in the fabulous song Noel, by Chris Tomlin featuring Lauren Daigle.

Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel
Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

If Christmas for you has always been about presents, family and food, and not about Jesus, please make time this year to come and find out all about the Light of the world, Jesus…the One who was born on that first Christmas morn.

Probably one of the best known verses from scripture, but is it one you’ve stopped to really think about its meaning recently?

With darkness can come fear, depression, hatred and turmoil, which I’m sure none of us want to experience. At least this verse from scripture reassures us that if we have faith in God, He will be with us always.

Even when Jesus came to earth He considered he was entering a dark world:

Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness

Jesus gave up all for us when he came to earth. Aren’t we always saying that people can never know how it feels to be in a particular situation, unless you’ve been there yourself…and that is exactly why Jesus came to earth to become one of us.

Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

Don’t let Jesus’ sacrifice be for nothing, bow down before Him today.

I’ve never been a morning person, and I know I never will be. However I know that during the summer months, when it gets light outside long before I have to get up for work, I find it a little bit easier to get out of bed in the morning.

Funny isn’t it how when there’s light around us, it can make facing a new day, that little bit easier.

Just as seeing physical light can brighten our day, so can having the light of the world, Jesus, in our life. So don’t stay in the darkness, seek the light, the light of the world, Jesus!

I don’t know about you, but I worry about the state of our world. God created for us a beautiful place for us to grow and learn, but many have turned from God and therefore seem to be doing all they can to destroy everything and everyone around them.

It is the responsibility of those of us who believe in God to try to ensure the future of this world, God’s world, is safe, because at present it seems far from that.

God has placed the future of His world in our hands, so it’s up to us to be His beacon of light in this dark world, so that His light and His love fall afresh on those who currently do not acknowledge Him as Lord.

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In John 8:12 we read:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life

Are you walking in darkness, or have you found Jesus?

Don’t let the darkness of life engulf you, reach out and grab God’s hand today.

Here’s one of my favourite SA band pieces, The Light of the World, which includes the beautiful hymn tune Aurelia which we associate in this piece with the following song:

O Jesus, Thou art standing, outside the fast closed door,
In lowly patience waiting to pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us, to keep Him standing there!

O Jesus, Thou art knocking; and lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle, and tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge, so patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal, so fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, Thou art pleading in accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children, and will you treat Me so?”
O Lord, with shame and sorrow we open now the door;
Dear Saviour, enter, enter, and leave us nevermore.

A few days ago in Music to Touch Our Hearts I listed a number of pieces of music which always pull at my heart-strings. So the first piece of music I listed was the Salvation Army band piece entitled The Light of The World – You can listen to it here:

O Jesus, thou art standing
Outside the fast-closed door,
In lowly patience waiting,
To pass the threshold o’er.
Shame on us, Christian people,
His name and sign we bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us,
To keep him standing there!
 
O Jesus, thou art knocking:
And lo! that hand is scarred,
And thornes thy brow wncircle,
And tears thy face have marred.
O love that passeth knowledge,
So patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal,
So fast to bar the gate!
 
O Jesus, thou art pleading
in accents meek and low:
I died for you, my children,
And will ye treat me so?
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
We open now the door;
Dear Saviour, enter, enter,
And leave us nevermore.

The above are the words which go with the the music of The Light of the World.

So image Christ knocking at the door of your heart, pleading with you to let Him in. Do you open the door of your heart or do you turn Him away?

Well, a number of years ago before I became a senior soldier in the Salvation Army , I remember hearing that piece of music and being captivated my the music and the words, and asking myself “have I really opened the door of my heart and let Jesus in?”.

I think that was the time when I realised that I’d maybe opened the door of my heart, but I hadn’t taken the safety chain off! In other words I realised I was only giving Jesus a bit of my heart, not the whole.

It was then I fully opened the door of my heart and let Jesus into my life, and I can proudly say I haven’t looked back since!

While the above words are those which the music relates to, I must admit that for me the words of another song, which we also sing to this tune, are those most precious to me:

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve thee to the end,
Be thou forever near me,
My Master and my friends.
I shall not fear the battle
If thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway,
If thou wilt be my guide.

Strong words, but ones I can still sing honestly!

How about you, can you remember when you opened your heart completely to God? How about now, can you honestly sing those words today?