by Jeff Strite

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The Light of the Season (4 of 5)
Series: Festival of Lights
Jeff Strite
John 1:1-13

OPEN: We tend to take Christmas lights for granted. We see them on Christmas trees, and on bushes and buildings throughout the city. They're in practically every store and mall, and sometimes we've seen them in synchronized musical displays on homes.

So, we tend to take Christmas lights for granted.
BUT Christmas lights haven't always been around.

Tradition tells us that Martin Luther decorated his "Christmas tree" as far back as 1510. But the idea took several centuries to really catch fire (if you will).

• At first people glued small candles to the tree branches with melted wax or attached by pins.
• Around 1890, candleholders began to be used to hold those Christmas candles.
• In the early 1900's, people started using small lanterns and glass balls to hold their candles.

On December 22, 1882 Edward H. Johnson (an associate of Thomas Edison) had the first string of electric lights created for his tree. There were 80 red, white and blue electric incandescent light bulbs about the size of a walnut hand-wired together. However the lights were so expensive that it took over decade for stores to use them and nearly 50 years for them become popular in the general populace.

But once they became accepted around 1930 - for the past 80 years electric Christmas lights have been commonplace. So we tend to take them for granted. And we'd have a hard time thinking about Christmas without them.

But as beautiful and pleasing as those Christmas lights are at Christmas, they are but a pale reminder of the REAL LIGHT of Christmas. John 1 tells us that…
"In (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." John 1:4-5

You remember the phrase: "Jesus is the reason for the season?"
He's also "The Light Of the Season"
He is "The true light that gives light to every man..." John 1:9 ...

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