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In the Czech Republic and other places, the Christmas celebration includes “Christingles.” A Christingle is an orange, representing the world, with a candle placed in the top of it to symbolize Christ the light of the world. A red ribbon encircles the orange, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Four toothpicks with dried fruits are placed through the ribbon into the sides of the orange, representing the fruits of the earth.

This simple visual aid vividly represents the purpose behind Christ’s coming—to bring light into the darkness and to redeem a broken world by shedding His blood.

In John’s account of Christ’s life, the disciple describes Jesus as the Light of the world. He wrote of Christ: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9). Not only did Christ the Light come to penetrate our world’s darkness, but He is also “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (v.29).

Think of it! The baby of Bethlehem became the living, risen Christ who has rescued us from our sin. And so John instructs us to “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). May all who have experienced His rescue find in Jesus the peace of walking in His light.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in Thee tonight. —Brooks
The newborn Christ-child became the Light of the world and the Lamb of God.

6 thoughts on “Christingle

  1. chaplainrj says:

    My dad read the passage from I John 1 today just before we enjoyed a Christmas Dinner! The wife of my cousin is Jewish and I liked how my dad emphasized God coming into this world in the person of Christ as the true Messiah.

  2. pierogc says:

    Merry Christmas to all. Jesus Christ, God incarnate became the light, the life, the truth, the way in this dark world. He is indeed the light of the world and the answer of man’s longing for peace, fulfillment and satisfaction. “I am writing you these things so that your/our joy may be complete” Thank you Lord, thank you! You are the light of the world. Let us be witnesses of what we have experienced in your truth to the world. Let us be the city on a hill, the lamp on the table. So that we can shine, not in our own power but through the Holy Spirit in the authority of Jesus Christ. In the name of Christ. Let us cherish together, for the light has come forth and penetrated darkness today. Thank you Lord for our longing for truth was satisfied in YOU. For the TRUTH will set you free :-)

  3. lionsden says:

    Thanks for the update. I can now continue with my daily devotion. God bless and Merry Chritmas!

  4. rrp1501 says:

    I never knew how to truly live and enjoy life until I accepted Christ into my life! Thank you God for sending your only son to be the Light of mine and the whole world!!!

  5. cindavalhay says:

    John’s authority rests in part on his role as witness. The word translated “testify” and “to bear witness” has its roots in the sphere of legal terminology. As in a court of law, witnesses are responsible for the integrity and truthfulness of their testimony (Trites 1978:1049-50). Thus witnesses not only vouch for their personal expe rience of something, but for the truthfulness of what is stated. The Jo hannine community cherished those who were “witnesses” to Jesus.

  6. barter says:

    Give Praise to God for sending his only Son to save us from our sins. Merry Christmas don’t forget Jesus as you celebrate today

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