Christmas Lights

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7

I heard a story of something that happened back in the early 1970s. A man was driving into his subdivision at night, around Thanksgiving time, and he noticed that one of the houses right at the front of the subdivision was decorated beautifully for Christmas; there were lights everywhere. This was back when Christmas lights were big, and you had to screw them in, not the little lights like we have now. There were huge lights all over the yard. They were draped across the bushes, hung on the trees, lined across the eaves of the house, and overarching the doorway. The decorated house was beautiful. Every night when the man came home from work, he would admire the lights as he drove by.

All through December, those lights were up, and then after Christmas was over, the lights stayed up.  After the first two weeks in January passed, and seeing the lights still up, the man said, "Well, it's just great that they've still got the Christmas spirit.”

The lights were up throughout January – January 31st, first week of February, second week of February, third week of February. Every night, the man drove home, and the more days he drove home, the less he liked those lights. 

He thought, If you're so lazy as not to take down your Christmas lights, you could at least do us the courtesy of turning them off and not having them burning every night. Well, maybe I just need to call our homeowner's association and talk to the president of the association and tell him, "Listen, we need to do something about this."  I can write them a letter and just let them know they can't keep these things up all year long. 

He never wrote that letter, and he was glad that he didn't. One evening in March as he was driving home, he saw all of those lights lit up, just like they had been every night since before Christmas. This night, however, there in the middle of the yard was a sign that read this: "Welcome home, Jimmy." 

When the man saw that, he knew why they had left those lights on all those months. He later found out that they had a son in Vietnam, and they were waiting on him to come home from the war. The family had kept those lights on until their son came home. They were expecting him.

The Word of God speaks to us in the book of Isaiah, a book written more than 700 years before Jesus was born. 

Isaiah chapter 9, verse 2 says:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

Jesus was the Light and is the Light that was coming in the world. And so 700 years before His birth – and even before that – His father was expecting Him, looking for Him, speaking of Him, and He gave us these words that we read, these words that are so familiar to us, about Jesus Christ coming.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!