Light of the World

A man was searching frantically under a streetlamp when another man passed by and asked him what he was looking for.
“I dropped a quarter and I need to make a phone call.”
“Where did you drop it ?” the man asked.
“I dropped it down the street in the middle of the block.”
Puzzled, the other man asked him,  ”So why are you looking here if you dropped it way down there?”
“There is more light down here.”

From the very beginning, there has been a distinction between light and darkness, aside from the obvious difference of being able to see better. — You rarely ever hear of anyone groping about in the light trying to find his way.–
In Genesis, the Bible tells us that God saw that the light was “good,” and at the risk of drawing assumptions, there must have been something wrong with darkness for Him to feel that He need light in the first place.  It was more than a daily separator, it was a way for God to divide good from evil.
If we wanted to accept the theory of evolution and believe that men evolved from and lived like animals, the separator– the distinction of man– is when they supposedly “discovered” fire.  Fire gave them warmth and the ability to cook meat, but more importantly, it gave them light in the darkness to keep the beasts away.  Light meant security.
Light is an important feature of every day life.  We really don’t give light much thought, but if we have to do without it, depression sets in.  The statistics show that there is more depression during the winter months and doctors attribute this to not only being inside but to a lack of sunlight as the daylight grows shorter.
Why are prisoners of war often placed in solitary confinement?  It is always a small space with very little, if any, light.  Without light, the mind withdraws and before long the spirit is broken.
We need light.  God knew that.  He didn’t have to create light so He could see what He was doing.  I’m sure He could figure that out on His own.  He brought light into the world so His creation could see.  So they could see things around them and they could see the wondrous beauty He had created for them.  He brought light into the world to separate the darkness.
We need the light.  Not just the light from the star we call the sun, but we need light from the Son of God.

John1:1-5–   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He     was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of  men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

The Apostle Paul, then Saul, on the road to Damascus, was struck down by a blinding light–a vision of Jesus–and then left in blindness (darkness) for three days.  It was not until Paul fully believed, and trusted, in Jesus that his physical blindness was lifted. He had been in the darkness of religion just like the rest of the Pharisees who Jesus called “blind guides.”  He was blinded by the darkness of the world he believed in, but when he finally came to believe in the Light of the world he was able to “see” and became one of the most exuberant witnesses for Christ this world has ever known.  The Light within him shone through and the darkness of his old world was gone.
People too often stop too soon when quoting John 3:16.  The most compelling statement actually begins at verse 19 through 21.

John 3:19-21:    “This is the verdict.  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of     light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the     light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whosoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so     that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

So where does this leave us?  Groping in the darkness for the answers?  I think not.

Jesus explained further,  “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,     but will have the light of life,” (Jn 8:12) and again “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him     who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the     world.” (Jn 9:4-5)

Just like day and night for us now in the physical, there will be a darkness like that over the surface of the deep before God spoke light into existence.  Jesus is still in the world through the Holy Spirit and those who seek Him in spirit and in truth will find Him.
There will come a day when His Spirit is withdrawn from this earth and no amount of reasoning will convince those who do not have the light that there is, or ever was, anything but the physical light from the sun.

Will you be left groping in the darkness?  Longing for the light of the truth when all around you is darkness and chaos?

Seek the light while it can still be found.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.



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