Friday 10/9/15 Let your light shine before men

John 1:4 & 9
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

As we saw yesterday, Christ is the Light of the world and He enlightens every man- He provides spiritual insight so that every man can see the truth of Him as Creator, Savior and Lord. Man was created to receive the Life and Light of God by faith in Christ Jesus so that He might shine in and through us.

However, as we will see in Genesis 3; when Adam sinned he plunged the whole world into spiritual darkness. Christ came to rescue us from the domain of darkness and to restore us to the kingdom of Light through His beloved Son- The King of Light. We become His luminaries as we receive Him and allow Him to live in and through us EVERY moment of EVERY day. Like the moon, we are not THE Light, but as we stay in His presence we reflect His Light to the world of darkness all around us. Like the moon, we cannot produce light apart from Christ.

How do you stay in the presence of Christ in the midst of a hassled and hurried world?

Who in your life is experiencing the Light of Christ through you?

John 3:19-21 19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Acts 26:18  to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

According to these passages how do we know whether we or someone else is truly walking in The Light?

Matthew 5:14 & 16      14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Ephesians 5:8    for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

Acts 26:17b-18    …I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

Are you “letting your light shine”, “walking as a child of the light” and “opening the eyes of the blind?”

 

The people around us are lost and groping around in the dark. Will we help rescue and restore them to the Light of the world?

 

Colossians 1:12-14    12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Thursday 10/8/15 I am the Light of the world

Genesis 1:2-5
2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

What is the light in Genesis 1:3-5; since the Sun, Moon and Stars are not created until the Fourth Day?

Man has a tendency to explain away the spiritual by only seeing the physical, not realizing that ultimately it is the spiritual- God Himself through Jesus Christ who explains and makes sense of the physical. The Creator of the world alone can make sense of what we see with our physical eyes and what we don’t see with our physical eyes. If we try to remove The Creator from the creation we remove the SUPER-natural from the natural and life does NOT make sense. Remember God is Spirit and the physical was created by Him to reveal the spiritual- Himself to us.

So what is the light of Genesis 1:3? I propose it is Spiritual Light piercing into the physical world for the first time-
I John 1:5-7
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Again we look to the Gospel of John to see the creation story through the eyes of the apostle John-
John 1:4-9
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

Who is the TRUE LIGHT and what was His purpose in coming to earth?

Just as light broke through the darkness in Genesis, so the Light of Christ came to break through Spiritual darkness and to reveal the Glory of God to man that they may be restored with the life of God-
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 17:4-5 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”
Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

II Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

The Light of the World- The Glory of God revealed IS Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Has He pierced through the Darkness of your life?

Jesus came as Light to make God known and to defeat the darkness of Sin, Despair and Death. Look at what God’s ultimate restoration looks like in Heaven at the end of all time-
Revelation 22:3-5
3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun,
because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

In heaven all things are made right. We now have God Himself as our only light. Things are restored to Day 1 of creation and even better, because darkness itself NO longer exists because Satan, Sin and Death are defeated.

Have you trusted Christ to be THE Light of YOUR world?