You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
What a compliment! Jesus commands us to be what he claims to be: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
That being said, what kind of light am I?” Am I a lamp, giving light to all who enter a room? No. . . far too limited! Am I a search light or flashlight, my beam piercing the darkness and exposing at great distances? Again, no. . . far too focused and limited. Am I the piercing light of a Light House, directing all ships who come to safe harbor? Again, no…far too stationary, being limited to one location. Then, what kind of light? I propose a candle.
A candle, not a flashlight, is used to adorn an intimate table set for a special occasion. The candle provides warmth and an intimate glow, enabling a sense of well-being, joy, peace, love and even faith. To bring light to a dark corner, a candle must be carried carefully, and set in the corner, bringing light and warmth. Once in the corner, the candle can share its light by lighting other candles enabling them to be light, overcoming the darkness.
Christmas Eve worship celebration with a Candle Light Service becomes a beautiful living testimony to our being such a light to the world. We, like the candle, are the light of the world in Jesus Christ. We are the embodiment of the “living Light”, Jesus Christ, illuminating the darkness in which many live and work, bringing a sense of well-being, joy, peace, love, and faithfulness to the Christ. As a single candle is lit from the Christ Candle, light is spread by the candles of the faithful gathered in worship, one candle at a time, slowly illuminating the darkness of the sanctuary and overcoming the darkness with the glow of candle light bathed on each face. Then comes the Christ centered admonition: Go, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
So Be It. AMEN.
Rev. John C. Huhtala, Sr. (Retired)