Let the Light Shine
With the start of the winter solstice, we find ourselves at the darkest point of the seasons. The days are short and the nights are long. In our homes, the lights are on and, of course, it's the time of the Savior's birth. Well, not really, because it was the Emperor Constantine who set December 25th as Messiah's birth to coincide with his pagan sun god. Most likely, Yeshua (Jesus) was born on the first day of the feast of Sukkot (booths) and circumcised on the 8th day of the feast, which is Shemini Atzeret and also Simchat Torah, which is rejoicing in the Torah. What better day to celebrate in the Word then on Simchat Torah? Today we are going to look at Yeshua, the Light to the World.
The book of Genesis records in the first chapter, the creation chapter, that, "The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light;' and there was light, and God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness, and called the light day and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day." What we see here is the separation of two kingdoms: the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light, the kingdoms of evil and good, the kingdoms of night and day. Now you may say, "It's December! What kind of Christmas message is this?" But you will see that it is a great Christmas message.
We know that there was a rebellion among the angels and that Satan was cast down, and this could be why God had to separate even His creation. He created a garden and put Adam in the garden. He also breathed into Adam His spirit, whereas in the first counting of man, He did not. We also see that at the time of Noah, the angels of darkness were marrying women, the daughters of men, and having children (Genesis 6:2-4). We also know that Satan was the angel of light till he fell: "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to earth. You have weakened the nations" (Isaiah 14:12). Yeshua says this about that day in Luke 10:18: "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning."
We know that the battle that took place in heaven resulted in a third of the angels falling from grace. These became the rulers and principalities of darkness in the heavenly places mentioned in Ephesians 3:10 and 6:12. Revelation 9:1 says, "And the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key to the bottomless pit was given to him." We know that Satan is the ruler of this world. In Matthew 4:8-9, while Yeshua was in the wilderness, Satan came to Him and took Him to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms. Then he tells Yeshua, "All these thing will I give You, if You fall down and worship me." So Satan owned the world because Adam lost his ownership when he worshipped Satan by disobeying God's command to not eat the forbidden fruit. We find this to be true in other Scriptures like John 12:31, 2 Corinthians 14:30, and John 16:11. In John 14:30, Yeshua says, "I will not speak much more with you because the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me." And where was Satan in all of this? Remember, the Scriptures tell us that he entered into Judas during the Seder meal with Yeshua and His disciples (John 13:21-27).
So after laying all of this groundwork, here is the message. We know that Yeshua went to the cross and died for our sins and in so doing regained the crown that was lost by Adam. Colossians 2:14-15 says, "Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him." Yeshua gained the victory over Satan and now he has no authority over us (Luke 10:19-20) and neither death (Hebrews 2:14-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55) nor the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13-18) has authority over us. This brings us to Colossians 2:16 which tells us that, "Yeshua is the creator of all things both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities . . . He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Verse 19 goes on, "It was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him."
As we celebrate Yeshua's birth, let us remember that Yeshua is the Light of the World from creation. He is the Victor, the King, and His Kingdom of Light will reign forever because He won the victory over the kingdom of darkness. He who sits on the throne took on the flesh of man to regain man's position in this world by dying on the cross and taking back the authority which was lost by Adam.
What had begun from the beginning will be finished when Yeshua returns. Revelation 1:8 speaks of His return: "‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come.'"
Revelation 19:11-16: "And I saw heaven opened; and behold a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called 'Faithful and True'; and in righteousness He judges and wages war."
Revelation 20:14: "Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire."
Revelation 21:1: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away."
Revelation 21:23: "And the city (New Jerusalem) has no need of the sun or the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb."
When we light the holiday lights, we can light them knowing that the true Light of the World, the Word made flesh, Immanuel, God With Us, is mighty in our midst.
"O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant . . . Come, let us adore Him: Messiah the Lord."