John ch 8 v 12 : Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world."
When asked to design and create decoration for a Christmas tree to represent our church website I was a bit bemused. How could one interpret that? No problem, as the theme was to be Jesus, the Light of the world. All I had to do was find a link, however tenuous, between the World Wide Web and The Light of the world.
As an aside, but an important one at that, God created light (Genesis 1:3) and it was separated from the darkness. This was on the first day of creation. It was the fourth day of creation before the sun, moon and stars were created (Genesis 1:14) which brought the seasons and tides. God brought His Light into a world that was “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2). We worship and serve the God who made the elements, not the elements themselves.
It’s not at all surprising that light is so important. It clearly speaks of goodness. “The LORD is my light and my salvation.” (Psalm 27:1). 1 John 1:5 says, “God is Light”. In Him there is no darkness at all.” Jesus is God incarnate, who came into this world on that first Christmas over 2000 years ago. He is both Messiah and God. He said of Himself, “I am the Light of the world.” Only when His light shines in the darkness can we know our need of a Saviour because of our sin. Only by His defeat of the ‘darkness of sin’ through His death and resurrection can we live in His light. Indeed, as Christians we are asked to shine. Paul wrote in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds.”
When I first designed the FSMC website I wanted it to be a light in terms of its information, keeping it up to date, fresh and easy to navigate. It is a growing record of what we do, where anyone and everyone with the Internet can view it at the same time. Gradually, I have come to realise that it can become a real tool for ministry and serving the church. We are regularly having testimony of folks coming to FSMC services because they checked out the website first.
Our tree is meant to reflect how useful a church website can be and how wide ranging its purposes are. Therefore, there are decorations (2 of each) to represent the different benefits of the website. The mini globe decorations represent the World Wide Web. Every church can reach anyone, be it desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone, with the message that “Jesus is the [only] Light of the world.” The bright white lights represent us as lights in the world, sharing the Good News about Jesus.