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July 29th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

So Bright a Light


In Matthew 5:14-16, we read that Jesus said to His disciples,

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 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.”

One of the names by which Jesus referred to Himself was, “I AM”. What is so significant about that? It isYahwey in Hebrew, Jehovah in English, meaning, “He Who Is”. The Jews recognized the name as belonging to the one true God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, who Always Has Been, Always Is, and Always Will Be, the Great “I AM” who called Moses about 430 years earlier to lead the children of Abraham out of Egypt into the land He had promised to Abraham’s offspring.

It was a name too holy and sacred for the Jews to speak. Certainly men could not claim the title for themselves—it would be unforgivable blasphemy and worthy of death. But Jesus was claiming to be the Living Word as the Son of God, and for this obvious claim the Jews took up stones to kill him.

Jesus exclaimed, “I AM the LIGHT of the world” (John 8:12). He was saying to the Jews and to us, “I AM GOD who said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was LIGHT” (Genesis 1:3; John 1:3-4).

So it was that Jesus said to his disciples (and to us), “You are the light of the world” as we follow Jesus and reflect him who is the LIGHT OF GOD (verse 14 of John chapter 8).

How do we become bright and shining lights? We see him and in him we see our Father God. When we feed daily on the Holy Scriptures, we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit guiding and teaching us through the words which we chew and meditate on each day: words that shine both within and through us.

With these words, we bless our enemies by loving, forgiving, and praying for them even as Christ has forgiven us. These things we do so the glory of God may shine brightly through our actions, and others will thank God for the bright light now shining on their path in life.

We are to reflect the light of God’s love in the same way the full moon reflects the light of the sun so brightly that by it we can see the way to walk in this dark world—not by our own light, but by HIS light being reflected from us into the black night of this dark world.



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