Let There Be Light
The Light Of Hope | Let There Be Light Part 2 | Lehi
Christmas is wonderful because of what HAPPENED not because of what is HAPPENING.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The HOPE of Christmas is best understood through the HISTORY of Christianity.
Did You Know? John is the only Gospel writer who didn’t talk about the WHAT of Christmas, only the WHY.
Note: John’s PAIN shaped his PERSPECTIVE.
Note: Jesus PREDICTED these things.
Matthew 24:2 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Luke 21:6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Advent Moment: The metaphor of light means hope for the SUFFERING.
Definition: Hope is not POSITIVE thinking it is TRUST placing.
The two building blocks of hope are: 1. DESIRE and 2. EXPECTATION
John 20:30-31 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Big Idea: There is no type of DARKNESS that can extinguish the LIGHT of Christ that brings us hope.
1. What is the most horrific suffering you have ever witnessed / experienced? Describe how you felt at the time. What did you learn about life from that experience?
2. Read Matthew 24:2 & Luke 21:6 & 23:27-31 and talk about the suffering associated with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.
3. Why is it significant that John, of all people, would continue to insist that LIFE is found in Christ? (see John 20:30-31)
4. Read John 1:1-5 and talk about why LIGHT and DARKNESS are appropriate metaphors in the context of Christmas? What is it about Christmas that lies to us about finding the fulfillment of your deepest desires in this world?
5. What proof from your life can you give to support the statement: there was and is nothing in this world that can extinguish the LIGHT of CHRIST.