Many are familiar with Jesus’ claim to be ‘the light of the world’ (John 8.12), but few realise that when he made this extraordinary claim he had earlier described his disciples in the same way.

‘You are the light of the world.’ (Matthew 5.14)

This is astonishing – the same phrase applied to both followers and Master, to created beings and their Creator.

And yes, we recognise that the light that disciples shine is a reflection of Jesus’ light, as the moon reflects the sun’s rays at night – but still, what an ennobling description of those who follow Christ, that they are – ‘the light of the world.’

With the tragic events in Paris and elsewhere prominent in our minds’ eye, perhaps today we can grasp how vital and urgent it is to effectively reflect the light of Jesus – a light that first arrived alongside the message of peace declared over the Nativity.

I would encourage all to consider how to share the light of Christ with those closest to them – by what they say; by how they live; by, and please don’t let this sound trite, by taking the plunge and inviting friends to enjoy the Christmas services.

Jesus Christ wasn’t born merely for the church family – his scope was and is far wider – in fact the angels herald him as ‘good news of great joy that will be for ALL the people.’ (Luke 2.10).

This Christmas let’s give those we love the opportunity to hear that good news for themselves. To behold first hand the One who is the light of the world, and to benefit from the forgiveness, peace and reconciliation that only He can offer.

Pastor David