The Light of the World

October 2, 2018

Luke 23:44… It was now about the 6th hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the 9th hour.

            This happened as Jesus hung on the cross, just before he died. God made a statement. In the beginning, God said, “Let there be light.” When Jesus hung dying, God said, “Let there be darkness.” When Jesus was here, He said, “I am the light of the world.” God gave a brief look at what was happening in the spirit. The Light was being extinguished.

Matthew 5:14… You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a light and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

            So, which is it Jesus, are you the light or are we? Is it both? I believe, “Yes”, it is both. God gave us a demonstration of what happens if Jesus is taken out of the world. Darkness in the mid-afternoon is very awkward. First it messes with one of life’s basic rhythms. It gets light in the morning and dark at night. We expect that and plan accordingly. Imagine a daytime baseball game when it suddenly got dark. If your child was playing in that game, you might run onto the field in the dark, trying to grab your child. Chaos would ensue. Even as the sun lights the earth, Jesus lights life.  Without Him, chaos rules.

            In the United States, chaos is currently reigning. Those opposing the current president are singing a loud song about his disqualifications. TV, built entirely on ratings, is supporting the dissidents by playing their song daily. Those who support our president are largely relegated to commenting on social media. I try to stay out of it but it is almost unavoidable. Our country is more divided now than in the 1060’s when segregation was a big problem. At least then, I could pick my side of the disagreement. Now, it seems to depend on who is giving the information. It feels like we are in darkness, just stumbling along.

We can exist without light; but we can only live with Him. Right now, as much as ever in history, the world needs Jesus. We, believers, are His witnesses. Get out from under the basket or whatever you are hiding in. Don’t be ashamed of Him.

Don’t be afraid of darkness. Shine your light.