This Christmas we have placed our big Christmas tree on the porch rather than in front of the picture window in the living room. There were several reasons for this switch, the primary one being that no one was around to move the sofa onto the porch!
But there was a beautiful surprise when we looked at the completed tree on the porch. It was reflected in the windows around the porch.
There was only one tree, but the reflection made it appear as if there were multiple trees, all identical and all lit up, shining out into the yard.
This prompted a number of thoughts as I observed this surprise reflection. The tree was put up to celebrate Christmas, the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He was born of a virgin, placed in a manger in Bethlehem and the star identified the place where He was laying. The angels announced His birth with vast chorus of joyful singing in the heavens, as they looked in amazement at this small child who was Lord of all.
Christmas is a celebration of miracles, the miracle of the virgin birth, the miracle of the Son of God coming to a sinful world and proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel to those around Him by performing miracles of healing and declaring that the person’s sin had been removed, something the religious leaders could not stomach!
The miracles continued as He was crucified on the cross, taking the punishment that sinful men deserved so that He could give His people relief from their sin debt to God and eternal life with Him and the believers who form the Body of Christ from all nations, tribes and tongues.
This Babe was way more than a little baby. This Babe was the King of Kings and Lord of Lord who had legions of angels at His disposal and yet He deigned to live and walk in this sin-filled world so that He could redeem His people from their sin.
What does this have to do with the tree on the porch?
I suggest that it is not so much the tree itself as the reflection that is occupying my mind today. The Body of Christ should be the reflection of Jesus Christ. We are not yet sanctified (big word for being sin-free), but we are working on living our lives as Jesus did, trusting God for forgiveness and confessing our sin when we err, knowing that He is faithful and Just to forgive us those sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Jesus said that our light should shine among men:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Paul said this about our light in the dark world:
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6.
Paul also said that we should shine as lights in the world:
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
The challenge, therefore, is for us to be lights this Christmas season and every day that God gives us to live on this planet. We should reflect Jesus Christ to the world around us. We should multiple our light as we go about our daily business, loving others, doing good to those who are in need, spreading the gospel in word and deed, and giving spiritual refreshment to those we meet.
So, the question is: are you on the porch, reflecting light to others, or are you in the corner of the room? Are you in the picture window so people can see your light, or are you hiding your light in a closet, or under a basket? When you walk down the street, are you reflecting the light of your Lord, or not? Only you can answer, and only you can decide to let your light shine for Jesus!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020. Blessings to you as you shine your light to those you come in contact with today and throughout the new year.
Father, I pray that I would reflect my love for Jesus as I go through my life. I pray that I would not hide my witness but that it would blaze and be clear light to draw others to Your Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.