Has anybody ever been to Ruby Falls? In the caverns that go to this underground waterfall, there are lights and interesting rocks that look like steak and potatoes. I don’t think they really do this anymore, but at some point when you get to the falls, the tour guides would turn the lights off to see what it was like when Leo Lambert discovered it. What would you feel like in a cave with the lights out? I already feel nervous being underground because of fears that the ground above me would fall and I’d be crushed. But in the dark it would feel scarier.
Leo Lambert must have been a strange and brave guy. Do you know why we have lights up at Christmas time? Because in John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
At Christmas, we celebrate him entering the world as a baby. He is the light. If he is light, then what was it like before he came? Dark. Why was it dark?
I’ll tell you another story. Greek mythology has the story of Sisyphus, a man who had made the gods mad. As his punishment, he was doomed to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity. Once, the rock got to the top, it would roll back down and he would have to start all over. He would never be able to escape this punishment and please the gods. The job could not be done.
Now, back to reality. Who are our first parents? Adam and Eve. They were the first people God created and the parents of us all. God placed them in a perfect garden for them to enjoy and care for. He gave them one rule. What was it? Don’t eat from the tree of Knowledge. What did they do? Eat from the tree of Knowledge. Since then, they had to leave the garden and God took away their privilege of living forever. They died and so will we one day.
But even sadder is that all of their children and grandchildren born after them are born outside of God’s will. We are all people who love ourselves first. We want to sin because we want our way more than God’s. And when we disobey God and sin, we have a punishment. Death and separation from God forever.
How do we solve this problem? For the Old Testament believers, God formed the nation of Israel and said you can have someone die in your place. So they would take a lamb or a goat and sacrifice it at the temple. But what would happen after that? Leviticus 9:7 They would sin again and need to do it again. They needed something better than an animal to take their place.
So God sent Jesus as a baby who would live the only perfect human life, and then as an adult, he was killed on a cross by the Jewish leaders and Roman soldiers, and doing that, he suffered hell for us so that anyone who believed in him would be saved from their sins and live with him in heaven after they die. Hebrews 9:11-12
After this we acted out the Christmas story, reviewed the lesson, and played bingo.