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Shine On!

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How can you share the light of Jesus this season?

Okay. Bear with me here, but I have a quick nerdy grammar lesson for you. A verb in the present tense means that the action is happening right now. And, in our verse, the light “shines” is in the present tense. That means that right now, in this very moment, the light is shining. This part of the bible was written after Jesus had already died and been raised. And yet, this verse is clearly written in the present tense. So, why is that important? It means that Jesus, the light, is still shining. It means that he didn’t just step into history some 2,000 years ago and leave us on our own. He’s still shining. He’s never stopped shining. And, he will continue to shine. Our verse was intentionally put in the present tense to communicate the continuous nature of that great Light that shines even now in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. And, our work as those following Jesus is to strive against the darkness in this world and spread his light wherever we go. We are a city on a hill, a lamp on a stand. And we’re called to “let [our] light shine before others, that they may see [our] good deeds and glorify [our] Father in heaven (Matt 5:16).


How can you share the light of Jesus this Christmas season?

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

-John 1:5

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