Principal’s Pen: Year-Round Light

Sight may well be the most important sense because so much hinges on it.

Scripture mentions sight, vision, and other related words over 850 times. Nearly everyone understands these concepts. They are also keywords in Epiphany.

Isaiah 9:2Epiphany—the season of light—marks the revelation of God’s light in his only Son, Jesus. In short, Christ is the light of the sin-darkened world. He is its hope and only Savior.

The festival of Epiphany—the 12th day of Christmas—is the “Gentile Christmas.” The Church has long celebrated the coming of the Gentile wise men to worship the Christ child on that day and all throughout the season.

Epiphany and Advent are like matching bookends. Not only do these seasons sandwich Christmas, but one complements the other. Advent passages like “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2) take on a deeper meaning when considered from an Epiphany viewpoint. Sinners live in spiritual darkness and blindness. Christ is their only hope. Isaiah’s inspired words and other passages like it point to the salvation that comes by faith in Jesus for all sinners. Christ alone dissipates the spiritual blindness that leads to despair and damnation. His light—much like that of the rising sun which disperses physical darkness—allows believers to see their God and Savior.

Christ is the light of the world during Epiphany and always.

In [Christ] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

Mr. Jim Grasby is Principal at Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

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