Picture this. The famous American artist Thomas Kinkade is painting a winter scene. Snow blankets the ground and the pine trees. Night is falling. The landscape is enveloped in semi-darkness. A cabin is shrouded in the shadows. The scene is one of gloom.
Then the artist adds some yellow, orange and brighter tints. He puts a cheerful glow on a lamp and lights the cabin windows. The golden ray reflects on the snow, The impression of the painting is completely transformed. In contrast to the cold darkness of the surrounding forest, the light creates a warm feeling of love and security.
Our word of the week is “light.”
In the Bible the word “light” carries a symbolic and divinely comprehensive meaning. Light is a synonymous for all the is good. Holy. Pure. And morally upright. It is the opposite of moral darkness. And spiritual wickedness.
” God is Light” affirm the apostle John, “and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). The Psalmist exclaimed as he asked, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? God is the resplendent light that provides security, supplies salvation and offers eternal hope. There is no fear when we are bathed in divine light.
Jesus came as expression of God’s light. The Bible says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5).
Light and life themes enunciated by John in his gospel account. And they are often subject of Jesus’ lessons. He confidently and unequivocally said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
What an astounding statement! What a marvelous message! M What a wonderful promise! What a tremendous hope!
We don’t have to dwell in darkness. We are not confined to the shadows. We are not regulated to an empty life of worry, aimlessness and hopelessness. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. He points us to Father. Lights our path. And illuminates the way to heaven.
While on earth we are to be a reflection of divine light. In the mountain message, Jesus exhorted his followers:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Indeed the wise man was right when he wrote, “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” (Prov. 4:18)
This week Norma Jean and I are attending the Florida College Lectures, where the theme is “Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness: God’s Light in an Age of Darkness.” So, I will be writing about “Light” in its various Biblical applications.
We’re anticipating a great week of spiritual feasting. And look forward to sharing with our readers some of the highlights of the week.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman