The Light of the World

There’s a noise in the middle of the night that startles you awake. Not knowing what it was, you quickly reach for the switch and turn on the light. “Oh”, you may say, “It was just the cat”. But what would you have done if you had no light to turn on? Having light eased your doubts and calmed your fears. “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined”. (Isa. 9:2) This prophesy in Isaiah isn’t about the sun coming up in the morning, but the coming of the Morning Star, Jesus. As the sun lights the day so the Son will shine, cutting through the dark veil that separates fallen man from a Holy God. Jesus spoke these words,” As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”. (John 9:5) Multitudes flocked to him for they saw He was different. Scripture tells us that he wasn’t handsome yet there was something that kept eyes riveted upon Him. He spoke with power and authority, he healed all manner of diseases, and he set captives free from their sin. Some even acknowledged that He was sent from God. But what happened? John 1:5 says it this way, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended (or understood) it not”. Jesus wasn’t what the expected Messiah was to be. The religious elite felt threatened, the political powers felt threatened, Satan felt threatened. Jesus allowed himself to be humbled and crucified. After three days He arose from death and appeared unto many before ascending into heaven. But what of John 9:5? Now Jesus was no longer in the world. The answer is in Matt. 5:14 where He says, “Ye are the light of the world”. The believing Christian is to be the light, the representative of Christ on earth, letting their lights, the indwelling spirit of Christ, shine forth in a dark world. Is your light like a 150 watt bulb in an 8 X 10 room, or like a candle on a football field at midday? More importantly, do you shine for Jesus or for yourself?

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