14 Dec 2013 Candlelight Service – Kong Hee
Christmas lights are so beautiful and pretty. It is the most beautiful time of the year, and one of the most photographed festivals.
But there is more to light than just that!
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Jn 1:4-5
Light gives life!
Light gives vision!
Light gives power over darkness! You switch on the lights, not darkness.
Darkness increases dishonest behavior, a study shows.
But the good news is, light dispels the darkness!
#1 Light dispels the darkness of Depression
When it is dark, people tend to be depressed. Eg, winter depression is common in some parts of Europe.
People feel better with light, in summer, under the sun and blue skies.
1 in 5 women suffers from depression.
When you are depressed, you lose all motivation for life. What’s the point of living?
18 Lover, friend, acquaintance—all are gone. There is only darkness everywhere. Psa 88:18 TLB
#2 Light dispels the darkness of Despair
Long term depression leads to despair! You lose all hope for living, become suicidal.
Today, suicide is the third leading cause of death!
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Eph 2:12
Without Christ, you have no God. Without God, you have no hope.
#3 Light dispels the darkness of Death
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Jesus was always dispelling the darkness of death, He was always healing!
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38
Satan is the source of all sicknesses. His is a Kingdom of darkness. The answer to defeating it is light!
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 1 Jn 1:5
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jn 8:12