There is no scripture stating there was a light in the stable, but Jesus was born at night. There had to be a light of some sort in the stable. The shepherds were told there was a stable which had a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. There were many stables throughout the land. How would they find it? There was a light on.
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 10-12 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
Of all events that night, this is evidence we have a Savior. Consider all that went on—a new star was shining and moving. Heavenly hosts lit the shepherds’ field to tell the news. The cities and towns were lit up because it was census time. People were traveling here and there and seeing people they hadn’t seen in a long time. Doesn’t that sound just like Christmas! The traveling occurred because Caesar Augustus declared a census. People had to be counted and pay a tax. It was a bad situation for the people of that day. In the midst of it all, with the busyness and well-lit houses and inns, was a light in the stable that made all other lights pale in comparison. The wonder is in its plainness and simplicity. Who would have paid attention to something like that?
The light was on for you and me. The event of events had taken place. I believe in Christmas because I know Jesus was born that night. The son of God made his way into humanity. This was a fulfillment of the promise made first to Adam and Eve. The Savior had come, and he was God’s only begotten son. The light was on to let us know God keeps his promises. He still does. You can claim the promise. You can be saved because of this son. If Jesus had come in his heavenly form all who saw him would have died. He came in human form. The light shined from the stable letting everyone know heaven’s presence was the world. A baby born of God and of woman was in the stable.
The light was on so people could find it. A light is a sign of welcome. On Halloween you turn your light off if you don’t want kids to visit. If you want visitors, you turn the light on. This light signaled to all who sought him. They were welcome. There need be no fear because the light was on. A dark stable would have been scary but Jesus was not in darkness; he was illuminated. If you don’t see the light it’s not because God turned it off. It’s because your eyes are blinded.
Christmas is hard when we think about our loved ones who have gone on. We are not without hope. Through this child came hope. 2014 could be a hard year with all that could happen. Sin and carelessness in civilization is high. Don’t despair. There is a light on in the stable. Jesus came to save all who trust in him. That means you. If you were the only one ever to approach him, he still would have come for you. A single light shined for you. Through this one child you as one person can be saved.
In the stable were no Christmas trees decorated in pretty colors. It held a poor man and woman worn out from traveling and the birth of a baby. They laid that baby in the manger. Two thousand years have passed since his birth. A lot has changed but the light is still on. Even though Jesus went away, he’s here to stay. He died on the cross and rose from the dead and went back to heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit here for us. Jesus is the light of the world. The light is still on!
The stable is in the dust, but the light that shined that night is still on. It’s in our hearts. It’s in the gospel message. Wherever the name of Jesus is mentioned we find the light. John 1 states in the beginning were the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
I’m lighting this center candle because it—Christ—makes all things possible. The light of Christmas is Christ. The light is still on. Jesus still shines forth for you and me. Will you come out of your darkness and go inside? Let the light introduce you to your Savior.