Saturday, May 26, 2012

Light Piercing the Darkness! "Hey, Turn the light off!"

You're sleeping in a pitch black room, and suddenly someone turns on the light.

"Hey!! Turn the light off!" You shout out as you try to let your eyes adjust.

At times, that's what it feels like, when we 'shine the light of Jesus' for people. You know, when we share some element of truth about who Christ is, or we do a good deed that confounds someone. The person doesn't always react as well as we had hoped! 

Here's some facts about light:
o   Light is a form of energy that travels freely through space
o   Light travels at 2.99792458 x 108m/s
o   It takes Light 8mins 17sec for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to Earth.
o   Every second around 100 lightning bolts hit the earth
o   When sunlight is intercepted by a drop of water in the atmosphere, some of the light refracts into the drop, reflects from the drop’s inner surface, and then refracts out of the drop. The first refraction separates the sunlight into its component colours, and the second refraction increases the separation. The result is a rainbow.

·        One of the metaphors used to describe the Kingdom of God, is light and darkness. Those who are living for God, are living in the light, and those that are not living for God, are living in darkness. It’s pretty straight down the line. Naturally there are other metaphors to describe God's Kingdom, but this one is particularly confrontational. 

     We see in Genesis 1:4 what God did on the first day – ‘And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness’

We are called to live in the LIGHT

1 Thessalonians 5:5 – ‘You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness’.
1 John 1:5-7 – ‘This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.’

We are called to shine the light into the world

Mat 5:14-16  "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Have a quick read of these two verses from Isaiah: 

Isaiah 60:1-2 - 'Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.'

If the light is shining brightly for you and your eyes are struggling to adjust. Take a moment to get used to the light. Maybe the brightness will help you have a clearer picture of reality. Maybe you'll end up saying, "Hey, keep the light on!"

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