LIGHT OF THE WORLD
‘But in the latter time He will make it glorious, by the way of the sea of Galilee the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shone’. [Isaiah 9:1-2]
Whilst reading the above verses, I find it easy to kinda feel sorry for the Gentiles, [probably because I am one!], but also because the Jews were not very good witnesses of God’s mercy love and grace. I guess looking back at 2000 plus years of Church History; our story isn’t much different is it regarding unbelievers? Nevertheless, as I was meditating upon these verses the Holy Spirit reminded me of the words of Paul.
Paul wrote in Romans 1:20-21 ‘since earliest times men have seen all of creation, earth and sky, and have known of His existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse [when they stand before God at judgement day]. Yes, they knew all about Him, but they wouldn’t admit it or worship Him or even thank Him for His daily care.’
Basically it is all about choice! We choose light or reject it and remain in darkness! We choose God or reject Him and remain in darkness. As Christians we have the light of the world living in our hearts so, positionally we will never walk in darkness but ever have the Light of Life! However, experientially, we daily need to stay in God’s word to walk in the Light! ‘Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a Light to my path’. [Psalm 119:10] Therefore
1. We as Christians have a choice. We may have the Light of the world within us, but we daily need God’s word to sustain and guide us. [Give us this day our daily bread/man shall not live on bread alone but on the very word of God’]
2. We are now God’s witnesses since the Jews rejected Jesus at the cross. We are God’s ambassadors, could we at least make an effort to represent Him better than the Jews did at the first advent, and especially as His second advent draws nearer!
3. Jesus said, ‘you are the light of the world’. Shall we seek this Christmas time to spread the light to those living in the land of darkness?
As I said the other day, you cannot switch the dark on, you can only turn the light off thus giving darkness it’s power and its day! So, this world is plunging more and more in to darkness! “Why”, people keep asking? I say, “go figure!!”
PRAYER Heavenly Father God. Thank you for this wonderful scripture that you care for and love all people, both Jew and Gentile! Thank you that you have shone your light in to the intense darkness of this world and brought us to your marvellous light. Thank you that we your people are Christ’s light bearers, and to a degree the world has a light of goodness in it. Forgive us for dimming our lights even hiding them and help us shine all the more. Thank you that Jesus was born in to the darkness of this world to shine your great light and thank you that you shone your glorious light in to the darkness of my heart. God I thank you and bless you. Amen
SHINE JESUS SHINE
Lord, the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of darkness shining
Jesus, light of the world shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me
Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Fathers glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your word
Lord, and let there be light