One of my favorite things to do with my family during the Christmas season is to look at Christmas lights. Every year my family and I will take a night and drive around subdivision and enjoy the lights in people’s yards. Did you know that light is a part of the meaning of Christmas? Approximately 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah prophesied. “…I will give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth,” (49:6). After Jesus was born, His parents took Him to the temple; and when Simeon saw Jesus, he proclaimed, “For my eyes have seen your salvation… a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles…” (Lu 2:30,32). Jesus would say of Himself in John 8:12, “… I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

I want to encourage you that every time you see a Christmas light this Christmas season to remember that Jesus is the light of the world! Men no longer have to walk in darkness. We have the light Jesus. He is the light sent from above. Aren’t you glad that Jesus came? From the Michigan State Offices, we wish you a “Merry Christmas.”

Don’t forget to tell someone that the Savior, the light of the world has come!