John thought of the birth of Jesus as the coming of light into
this darkness. “The light shines in
the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” The tiny light
that had first shone in Bethlehem was still shining nearly a hundred years
later. Christmas tells us that God has turned a light on, and left it on. And
nothing can ever put it out. However dark the world becomes because of our sins
and our inhumanity to one another the light will always be there. Christmas is
a night-light for the world.