Yes, the Light was born that night—the promised hope and the Messiah. But His birth was not the end of the story, nor even the most important part. The Light of the World, Jesus, grew up and became a Man, a Man who healed the sick and fed the hungry and forgave the sins of the lost and lonely. And His own people, so desperately in need of Him, could not understand who He was or why He did what He did.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, had come into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
They did not receive Him; in fact, they hated Him so much that they nailed Him to a cross. In anger and hatred, so steeped in their own sin, the people of darkness tried to snuff out the Light—for men loved darkness rather than light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The darkness could never overcome the light, you see. Because the death that Christ died was necessary to bring the salvation He had come to bring—salvation from the eternal bondage to sin. And though it looked for a moment like darkness had won, after three days Jesus rose from the death—conquering the darkness forever!
Oh death, where is your sting? Oh grave, where is your victory?
One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
one day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin;
dwelt among men—my example is He.
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain;
one day they nailed Him to die on the tree.
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected,
bearing our sin, our Redeemer is He.
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer;
one day the stone rolled away from the door.
Then He arose; over death He had conquered.
Now is ascended my Lord evermore.
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming;
one day the skies with His glory will shine!
Wonderful day, my beloved One bringing!
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
Living, He loved me; dying He saved me;
buried He carried my sin far away!
Rising, He justified freely, forever.
One day He’s coming! Oh glorious day!