The call to "walk in the light as He is in the light" (I John 1:7) is the invitation God has spoken to mankind since the beginning when He said "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3). It was never His plan to leave us in the devastation and darkness that sin caused. The good news of Christmas!
The Lord is building a kingdom of light-transformed people who love Him and will spend eternity with Him, enjoying Him and everything they were created for. That little baby in Bethlehem was the Father's promise of perfect and restored life for us.
And the best is yet to come! Listen to what Isaiah prophesied centuries before Christ came:
"The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
and your God your glory."
~ Isaiah 60:19
He was not only referring to Jesus being the Light of redemption, but also the Light of heaven. Just as we see God commanding light to shine at the beginning of the Bible, at the end we see him declaring what our eternal home will be like after the end-times events. The apostle John, in the book of Revelation, describes the new, heavenly Jerusalem:
"The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,
for the glory of God illuminated it.
The Lamb is its light.
And the nations of those who are saved
shall walk in its light...
There shall be no night there:
they need no lamp nor light of the sun,
for the Lord God gives them light.
And they shall reign forever and ever."
~ Revelation 21:23-24, 22:5
Thank You, Jesus, for being willing to come and be our Light, for being our "promised mercy" when we could not help ourselves. We can never thank You enough or praise You enough! Help us to welcome Your Light today as freely as You have given it.