Jesus: You Light Up My Life

In 1977 song writer Joe Brooks wrote a song entitled “You Light Up My Life.”  It was recorded by Debby Boone and became an instant success.  It was the best-selling single of the 70’s.  In fact, it continues to rank #7 on Billboards list of 100 top songs.  Brooks wrote it as a love song, but Debby interpreted it as a song about her relationship with Jesus. Some of the lyrics go like this:

“Alone in the dark, but now you’ve come along.  You light up my life.  You give me hope to carry on.  You light up my days.  And fill my nights with song.” 

Regardless of your feelings about Brooks, Boone or the song, it does express a Biblical truth.  Jesus said, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). 

As I write the words I am in Kettering,Ohio, preaching a series dealing with the nature of light and darkness.  The Shepherds of this church are keenly aware of the serious issue of darkness in our world today.  People are engulfed in the darkness of sin.  They are held captive by the devices and deceit of the Devil.  He entraps.  He ensnares.  He enslaves.  

He charms us.  And disarms us.  The wiles of the wicked one are well-known.  He used them on Eve.  He attacked Jesus in the same fashion.  And he goes after Christians today with similar shenanigans.  He attacks our attitude so we don’t see sin as bad as it is.  He uses entertainment to attract the sinful desires of the flesh.  He allures the eyes to lust. He uses many means.  Books. Magazines. The internet.  And even people to fuel the fire of our illicit desires. And he appeals to the boastful pride of life.  Pride is at the root of all sorts of sins.  Lying. Cheating. Stealing. Greed. Covetousness. 

Thankfully, God sent the light into the world (John 1:4-9).  Jesus, the Light, exposes the dark and deceptive deeds of the devil.  Last night I shared 7 ways Jesus lights up my life.  And yours.  Let me just bullet them in this post for your consideration. 

(1) Light brings sight and understanding.  We know absence of light causes blindness.  It’s true spiritually as well. Jesus has come so we can see.  He enlightens our understanding (John 12:25; Lk. 4:17-21) 

(2) Light sustains life.  The sun is the source of energy for plants. Animals. Even humans. Take away light and we perish.  Likewise, the Son is vital for spiritual life.  In fact, without the Son there can be no spiritual life (1 Jn 5:12). 

(3) Light removes stains and purifies.  Sunlight has a purifying effect.  Jesus purifies.  He cleanses us from sin.  (Isa 1:18; 1 Jn. 1:7) 

(4) Light nurtures healing.  Infra red light plays a part in healing wounds, building muscle and repairing blinded eyes. Jesus, the Light, brings healing. He heals wounded hearts. He mends emotional wounds.  He repairs the spiritual rupture of the soul. (Isa 61:1; Ps. 34:18) 

(5) Light produces cheer.  Long periods without sunlight depress people. There’s even a term for it SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder.  To His followers Jesus exclaims, “Be of good cheer!” Jesus gives us an internal joy that transcends the situations and circumstances of life.

(6) Light gives security.  Fear the dark is not confined to children. Night lights. Street lights. Security lights.  All help us overcome our dread of the dark.  Jesus is the light that gives spiritual security in an insecure, unsafe, and unstable world. 

(7) Light transmits hope.  We use the expression, “I see light at the end of the tunnel.”  In others words there is hope.  Jesus is our hope.  Sure. Steadfast. Anchored firm in the Father’s plan for His people. 

 Jesus shines in darkness. He shows the way.  He dispels the gloom.  He is the True Light. The Great Light. The Sun of Righteousness. The Bright and Morning Star.  Yes, Jesus–You light up my life! 

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “Jesus: You Light Up My Life

  1. Ken Green

    I always look for the “Like” button. I would hit every time.

  2. Betty Copeland

    I love that song. I always thought of our relationship with Christ & God.when I heard the song. Another song “You raise me up” by Josh Groban can describe our relationship with Christ. I really enjoy your posts.

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