The Lord Jesus as the Life and Light of the World

 

 

"The Feast of Lights originated with the cleansing of the Temple under the Maccabees, and was observed for eight days beginning with the 25th day of Kislev (December)." [The Handy Bible Dictionary and Concordance by Merril C. Tenney and Alexander Cruden, on “FEAST” p. 56. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983] 

 

FR. ABE:

 

SO IT IS NOT TRUE THAT DECEMBER 25 IS PAG AN BUT RATHER EVEN BEFORE THE BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH IT IS ALREADY A FEAST OF THE TEMPLE AND OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD. THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WHO WERE ALMOST ALL JEWS CELEBRATED THIS GREAT FEAST AS EXPRESSION OF THEIR WORSHIP OF THE TRUE GOD WHO IS OUR LIGHT AND LIFE. THE EARLY CHRISTIANS DECLARED THAT LIGHT AND LIFE AS NO OTHER BUT THE LORD JESUS:

 

 John 1:4-5 [DRB] "In him was life: and the life was THE LIGHT OF MEN. And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it." 

 

IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE L ORD JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD WAS BORN ON A DAY BEING CELEBRATED AS THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT.  THEN ST. JOHN STATED THAT THE LIGHT SHINES IN DARKNESS BUT DARKNESS DIDN'T RECOGNIZE HIM. SO, THE FORCES OF DARKNESS ARE SO OPPOSED AND AGAINST DECEMBER 25 FESTIVAL OF LIGHT AND BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH. THEY CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE THEOLOGY OF LIGHT BECAUSE THEY BELONG TO THE DARKNESS. DECEMBER 25 IS A HOLY FEAST OF THE BELIEVERS OF GOD AND NOT PAGAN OF ORIGIN AT ALL.