John 1:4-5 – “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of mankind. 5 And the Light shines in the darkness…”
One of the struggles people have with God being called Immanuel: with us, is why He cannot be more readily seen. If God wants all people to be saved, why not make Himself more visible to the world around us?
When the Bible says God did come in the flesh, revealed as Jesus from Nazareth, many did not recognize Him as God incarnate. Jesus then speaks towards the end of his ministry on the earth about the final judgment that awaits people. In Matthew 25:40,45 he says something astounding: ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me. Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for Me, either.’
When God did come in the flesh, he revealed that he wants us to see Him closely identified with the people around us. The function of light is to help us see more clearly. Jesus’ life of service helps us to see ourselves more clearly. Do we render service to people as unto Christ Himself? I believe the star of Christ will be seen again and followed when Christians serve others as though they are serving Christ himself.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to be the light of the world. I pray that you would help me shine bright for you by seeing others as made in your image and likeness. Help me to remember to serve others as though I’m serving you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.