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The Light of the World

Theme: Jesus is the one true light. We are his witnesses. Advent 3B
Object: Christmas lights or pictures of scenes decorated with Christmas lights.
Scripture: John 1:6-8, 19-28 Key Verses: There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. John 1:6-8 (NIV)

Our Bible reading for today tells us that God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone would believe. John wasn't the light, he only came to tell others about the light. Who was the light that John came to tell people about? That's right, it was Jesus. The one true light, who gives light to everyone.

There is a song that tells about that light, "The Light of the World Is Jesus."

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
The Light of the world is Jesus;
Like sunshine at noonday,
His glory shone in,
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me.
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus.

At this time of year, we see lights everywhere that remind us of the coming of that true Light that John told us about. There are trees adorned with lights, streets that are lined with lights, homes and businesses are outlined with lights. One of the favorite activities of the season is to drive around and look at all of the beautiful lights. Each Sunday of the Advent season, we light candles on the Advent wreath.

I wonder how many of us remember that the lights of this season are a symbol of the one true Light, Jesus, who brought light into the darkness of this world? As we light the candles on our advent wreath, the four candles remind us that Jesus brings hope, love, joy, and peace into the world. It is true, "The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin, the Light of the world is Jesus!"

Let us pray.

Our Father, on this third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle that symbolizes the joy that Jesus brings. May each and every one of us know the joy that Jesus, the Light of the World, brings. In his name we pray. Amen.

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