Object Lessons

Christmas Candles

Objects: A tall White Candle, and small Colored Candles.

Christmas time is candle time. Green ones, red ones, pink ones give forth their golden light. We see them in the stores—such large tall ones, or passing along the streets, they bid us a friendly greeting from a Christmas window. As they send forth their ray of light, here and there, making festive even the dullest and darkest place, what message do they bring to you at this blessed Christmas season? Of course, to hear the candle's message, one must really listen with one's heart. Eyes do not always see all, nor ears hear all, but hearts do. They understand candle language perfectly.

This tall white candle (display candle), so pure and clear, tells me of ONE who said, "I am the Light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). And that One is the Lord Jesus who was born in Bethlehem's manger so long ago. He came into the world of darkness and sin, the "true light" to show men and women, boys and girls, the way to God and Heaven.

I am sorry to tell you that some did not recognize Him as the "true light." "And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not," (John 1:5) but all of those who did believe on Him, as the true light, were lighted in their hearts and all the darkness of sin left.

You know, boys and girls, darkness and light will not remain together. When light comes in, darkness leaves. How we enjoy light! You would rather be in a lighted room than in a dark one, wouldn't you? Light brings joy and comfort to our homes, so the Lord Jesus, the true light, brings to every heart that receives Him, peace and happiness.

These many small colored candles; some red, some green or blue, tell me of the boys and girls of the whole world. (Display candles.) Some with white faces, some with brown and yellow faces, the children of Japan and China and Africa. Before these pretty colored candles are lighted, they seem to picture the boys and girls of every land who are still in the darkness of sin and know not the Lord Jesus, the true light.

You know God's word says in Proverbs 20:27, "The spirit of nun is the candle of the Lord," and in Psalms 18:28, "Thou wilt light my candle." Neither good deeds nor kindly acts will ever "light the candle of your heart," boys and girls, only the Lord Jesus, Himself, the light of the world, can do this. It costs you nothing to have the candle of your heart lighted, but it cost Him much. He died on the Cross and shed His precious blood, in order that we might have light. The price He paid was His life, and now He longs to give light and life. Has the candle of your heart been lighted, boys and girls? If not, why not now at this Christmas time, when the candles are so brightly burning? Let the Lord Jesus come into your heart and be your Saviour. Then you will be able to say, "The Lord is MY Light and MY Salvation," (Psalms 27:1),

With the tall white candle burning, do you know how the tiny colored candles might be lighted? "Bring them to the tall white candle," you say. Yes, the tall white candle is able to give light to all the others. The Lord Jesus, the true light of the world said, "Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out," (John 6:37). So, come to Him for light at this Christmas season! Open your heart's door and let Him come in. He will bring light and everlasting life, wash all your sins away and write your name in the Lamb's book of life. (Light many colored candles from light of tall, white one.)

With the candle of your heart lighted you are ready to shine for the Lord Jesus. "Ye are the light of the world."—John 5:14. He said, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven."—Matt. 5:16. (Suggest where boys and girls may shine—at home, school, church. Have picture of these and as each place is suggested, place candle in front, also show maps of heathen lands where Light is needed.)

Like the song you so often sing, "Jesus bids us shine with a clear pure light, like a little candle burning in the night," and we are to shine not only at Christmas time, but every day of the whole year. Whether at work or at play we are always to remember that we are His lights and that He would have us always giving forth a light for Him. Then, when our "shining" days are over He will take us into the beautiful city where He is preparing a Home for us. There we will be with Him forever. "And there shall be no night there; and they need no CANDLE, neither light of sun; for the Lord God giveth them light and they shall reign forever and ever."—Rev. 22:5.

With this glorious prospect in view, let us keep on shining, boys and girls. The Christmas candles are making the dark places bright. Why not you?—M. S. H.—Ring's Business.

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