// by Stephen Baker //

As the Christmas season continues and that iconic day draws closer, a theme keeps jumping out at me this year – light.  As I was driving to work this morning, for example, I heard the commentators of a local radio station talking about where in the city people could go to see great Christmas light displays. It just so happens that one of the winners of the “Great American Christmas Light Show” lives in San Antonio. Just the day before I had noticed my neighbors putting up their lights around their house and yard which inspired me to get mine up. My church also had decided to set up a huge walk-through light display this year as a gift to the neighborhood and as an opportunity to share the gospel. My wife and I served coffee and hot chocolate one night as hundreds of visitors came to see and hear the synchronized light show. What is it about light that catches our attention? Could it be that light is a key character trait of God and a source of life?

In the Christmas story Zacharia prophesied the responsibility of his son John, “To give light to those who sit in darkness and shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Darkness is symbolic of sin, confusion, and a lost spiritual condition. Mankind needs the light of God’s Word and the light of God’s presence to find meaning, purpose, joy, and direction in life.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”  Whether we are putting up Christmas lights around our house for people to simply enjoy or participating in a church program, our purpose should be as clear as day. To introduce people to the light of the world – Jesus. Only in Him can they find their needs met, their joy fulfilled, and their souls redeemed. Only Jesus can guide their lives in the midst of a chaotic world like the star guided the wise men. Only Jesus can provide them with security like the pillar of fire did the Israelites as they fled Egypt. Only Jesus can anoint them with power as the Holy Spirit did the early disciples when tongues of fire covered them. Only Jesus provides life. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

Stephen Baker and his wife, Joyce have been two of Dr. Kathy’s thought-leaders for years. Now they’re both Celebrate Kids Associate Speakers and Writers. They work closely together. Steve has served in ministry for almost 40 years. With his heart for discipleship, he has worked as a senior pastor, associate pastor, teacher, coach, and hospice chaplain. Steve has a passion for families, mentoring believers, and discipling parents to walk in this world humbly and boldly as warriors sharing the powerful message of the gospel to all people.