The Light of the World

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
~ John 8:12

I dislike the dark. I don’t like going into any area where I can’t see what’s in front of me. When light isn’t possible, I need someone to hold my hand and lead me to our intended destination or I’ll go running through the darkness in an attempt to find light with no clue of where I’m actually going.

I find it comforting that here, in John, we are given yet another name for Christ: the Light of the world. Christ is our Light. Before we knew Him, we were walking in darkness; not knowing the dangers which lurked around us and unable to find our way. With Christ in our lives, we are now able to see the path clearly laid before us. We are able to walk in Him, having no fear of what lies ahead.

The Light of the World

Discussion – Christmas is the perfect opportunity to share this name with our children. Lights surround us no matter where we go. In our home, we not only put lights on our tree, but in our children’s rooms as well. We surround them with warm, comforting light which brings joy to their hearts.

Activity – During Christmas, let’s make memories by visiting Christmas lights, hanging some of our own, or perhaps lighting a few candles. If we want to be really crafty, we might consider making our own!

To add flair to our candles, we can decoupage them with Christmas napkins or cover them with epsom salt! Both are very easy to do and a fun activity for the kiddos. If we have mod-lodge on hand (either made or store-bought), we ‘paint’ the candle with mod-lodge and roll the candle in epsom salt. This looks very wintry and has a beautiful affect. To decoupage, we ‘paint’ our candle with mod-lodge and then carefully place cuttings from pretty Christmas napkins onto the candle.

Prayer – Jesus, thank you for being my Light and a Light to my children. Shine in their hearts, revealing Yourself to them. Draw them to You. May we, as parents, be a shining example of Your glory and goodness in their lives. And may You use us to reach the world in Your name. Amen

Let us remember that Christ came into the world to be our Light and to lead us into a restored relationship with God. It is because of Him that we can be a light in the world, sharing the good news of His love and His desire to be their Light as well.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:16

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