Let There Be Light
Light in the Darkness | Let There Be Light Part 1 | St. George
QUESTION: What would you change about Christmas?
Christmas reminds us that there are…
PROBLEMS we can’t solve.
PEOPLE we can’t control.
EXPECTATIONS we can’t meet.
Christmas can make us more aware of DARKNESS.
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
Exodus 13:20-22 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
Isaiah 9:1-2 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
QUESTION: What’s a metaphor for?
ANSWER: To communicate an ABSTRACT reality in CONCRETE terms.
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The metaphor of light means TRUTH for the lost.
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God.
BOTTOM LINE: Don’t just remember the light of the world, RECEIVE the light in your world.
Small Group Questions:
1. On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you for Christmas this year? Why?
2. What would you change about Christmas?
3. Read Genesis 1:1-5, Exodus 13:20-22, Isaiah 9:1-2, and John 8:12. Make as many observations about light as you can.
4. Christmas can make us more aware of darkness. How can following Jesus make life brighter?
5. How can the answers you heard to the previous question impact the way you celebrate Christmas this year?