A Dark World
The world is full of darkness. Sin has separated us from God spiritually, darkened our understanding, and perverted our desires and affections (Ephesians 4:18).
The natural state of the sinner is one who loves darkness rather than light. Jesus Himself said in John 3:19, ESV, that sinners by nature love “the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”
We are both lovers of darkness and slaves to sin. We love our shackles!
The world needs to see God with the eyes of their hearts and to have their understanding illuminated. How can sinful man rightly understand God, life, morality, decisions, and see the world left to himself?
The Need for Light
Jesus said in John 8:12, ESV, “I am the light of the world.” Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He gives light and life, life and understanding.
In His incarnation, Jesus gave sight to the blind. In His exaltation, Jesus gives sight to the spiritually blind.
Man’s greatest problem is that he cannot rightly see and understand God. And if one does not know God, one does not know life (John 17:3). The highest degree of man’s darkness is how he treated the coming of Christ.
Spurgeon said it in his pithy, Spurgeon-ist way, “The treatment of our Lord Jesus Christ by men is the clearest proof of total depravity. Those must be stony hearts indeed which can laugh at a dying Savior and mock even his faith in God!”
The Light of the World
So why did Jesus come? John 12:46, ESV, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” Jesus Christ came into the world to give blind sinners eyes to see Him by faith.
What good is perfect physical sight if one is spiritually blind to the beauty of Christ?
The coming of Jesus is the unveiling of man’s spiritual condition and the remedy to man’s spiritual problem. Jesus came to give us new hearts and new minds to rightly see Him by faith (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
Christmas gives light to blind sinners. The coming of Christ gives us eyes to see the world Christianly. To think about life according to the Bible. To plan from ‘Thus says the Lord.’ To desire what Christ desires, to hate what Christ hates.
Christians are those who can see the world rightly, think rightly, and act rightly only because of the work of Christ applied to their life. The Christian worldview is all of Christ for all of life.
And at His coming, Jesus turns on the lights to give us sight to see the world.
If we are to read the world rightly, we must read the Word regularly.
The coming of the Light of the world gives life to those in the world.