I absolutely love the Christmas season, and one of my favorite things about it is looking at Christmas lights. I have always been fascinated with lights, and there’s just something about the sparkling, twinkling little bulbs that just cheer your spirits when they illuminate a house, room or Christmas tree.
One of the best things about Christmas lights is that they can remind us of our Christian life. Let’s look at a few lessons we can learn from the beautiful colors of Christmas lights.
Red reminds us of Christ’s saving blood. He willingly gave His life for us on the cross, thereby becoming our Sacrificial Lamb and shedding His blood, which cleanses us from sin (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 12:24). “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13). For those who are Christians, we can be continually forgiven of our sins because of His blood. “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) Thanks be to God for this precious gift!
White tells us of the purity of Christ. Since He was the Sacrificial Lamb Who atoned for our sins, He was completely without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He is the holy God, and He cannot touch sin. And because of Jesus, we can also have this purity! “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22) If we are then faithful to keep our hearts and lives pure, we will be able to live eternally with our Lord. “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’” (Revelation 7:13-14)
Purple reminds us of the true riches that are ours in Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) We have been bought at a price by the King of the universe, and He has given us bountiful riches to enjoy. We can know His salvation (Titus 2:11), His love (1 John 4:10), His grace (Ephesians 1:7), His joy (Philippians 1:21; 4:4), and so much else. Our ultimate inheritance is heaven, where children of the King shall live with Him forevermore. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
Blue reminds us that God gives us true joy. Around Christmas time, we hear the song, “Blue Christmas”. But Christians don’t have to be blue! Nehemiah 2:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” With Christ, we have every reason to be joyful and to share that joy with others. Will we be sad sometimes? Of course we will, it is part of life. Yet, the good news of Jesus is that we don’t have to stay blue; if Christ lives in our hearts, He can give us a peace and joy that only He can provide. And what’s more, we have something wonderful to look forward to no matter what our earthly life throws at us — heaven! “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” … “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 3:14; 4:4)
Green reminds us to grow in our spiritual life. Baptism is not the end of our spiritual journey; it is only the beginning! We can always be learning from God’s Word, no matter how young or old we are. 1 Peter 2:2 admonishes us, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” God’s Word is the spiritual food for our souls. Without it, our growth will suffer and we won’t be able to strengthen our faith (2 Thessalonians 1:3). We must develop a desire to read, study, pray, and to encourage others as much as we can so that we can grow in Christ. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Yellow reminds us to let our light shine. As Christians, we are to sparkle and shine for Christ. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) May our holy lives, pure thoughts, gracious words, and kind actions be seen and known everywhere, proclaiming that we are indeed children of the King. What do others see when they look at you? Do they see Christ shining from your life? “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15)
So the next time you gaze upon Christmas lights, or any type of lights, shimmering in the darkness, remember how you can shine for Christ. One reason why lights are so pretty all lit up at night is because they stand out against the darkness. Does your life stand out against the darkness of sin and the world? May we always be trying to portray all of the colors of Christmas lights in our lives.